#214 Antonio Botelho

Antonio Silva Botelho came to Walnut Creek around 1870 and gradually bought 300 acres of farm land at the southern end of Walnut Creek that today includes Broadway Plaza, Plaza Escuela, and Kaiser Medical Center.

The family home sat where the Broadway Plaza parking garage on South Main Street sits today. An open grazing area on his land, carved out by the coming together of the San Ramon and Las Trampas Creeks, was a popular picnic place that locals called “Botelho’s Island.”

Botelho donated land for the Southern Pacific Railroad and for St. Mary’s Catholic Church.