Mount. Diablo: Surveys & Celebrations

Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, CA - June 1 to July 28, 2001

[The following information was taken from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, CA website]

Mt. Diablo: Surveys & Celebrations
Underwritten by San Ramon Valley Rotary, Target and Chevron

Year 2000 was California's Sesquicentennial. But this year the communities surrounding Mount Diablo celebrated their own 150th anniversary. On July 18, 1851, Col. Leander Ransom placed the Initial Point for surveying public lands in two-thirds of California and all of Nevada. Mt. Diablo State Park was founded in 1921 and is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2001 as well.

This exhibit was open from June 1 to July 28, 2001. It displayed historic surveying equipment and information about Col. Ransom's expedition to the top of Mt. Diablo. Stunning photographs of the mountain by Stephen Joseph and Bill Hockins were shown. Artifacts from the early years of the State Park and surveying equipment used in the San Ramon Valley during the 1920s were displayed.

A special feature was information and artifacts from the Whitney Geological Survey, the first scientific survey done in California after Statehood. The UC and Jepson Herbaria loaned the Museum two botanical specimens (taken from Mt. Diablo in 1862) and a field book from William Brewer who directed the field party and botanical department for that famous Survey. Brewer's diaries of the Whitney Survey are in print: Up and Down California in 1860-1864 The Journal of William H. Brewer (UC Press, Berkeley). This exhibit was created as a partnership between the Museum and the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society. On Saturday, July 21 from 10:30-1:30 the Society hosted a celebration of the Initial Point on the Summit of Mt. Diablo.


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