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Walnut Creek Historical Society

Who first settled Walnut Creek?
What is the oldest commercial building in downtown?
Who was Walnut Creek’s first mayor?

Looking for answers to questions like these — and preserving and sharing the answers — is the mission of the Walnut Creek Historical Society.

The Historical Society invites the community to use this website to learn more about our local heritage… to explore our history at Shadelands Ranch Museum and through our tours and educational programs… and to support our work to preserve and interpret our local history.

Welcome to the Walnut Creek Historical Society Photograph Collections Search

Learn about the history of Walnut Creek California

This database is a work in progress and is constantly growing. Please check back frequently as new items are added often. If you do not find the photograph you are looking for, please click here to request the photo.

Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes, and for personal enjoyment. WCHS’s written permission, or that of other possible rights holders (including publicity and/or privacy rights), is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.

WCHS encourages the use of these materials for education and personal enjoyment. Any other use, for example in web pages, documentary films, or publications of any kind, must be approved by the WCHS.


Shadelands Ranch Museum will be closed on Sunday, June 30th for a private event.