The Claycord Online Museum – Clayton Road & Mitchell Canyon in the 80’s

November 20, 2012 14:00 pm · 13 comments

This photo came from Kendra, who says “this is a picture taken from the intersection of Clayton Road and Mitchell Canyon, looking out to the hills that Oakhurst now occupies. It was taken sometime in the mid 80’s, I think.  Most of the blossoming almond trees have now been cut down…but this is how my neighborhood looked every february when they would blossom.  So pretty!”

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing, Kendra. We plan to post a “now and then” photo later this week, so stay tuned!

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

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1 Nick November 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

My parents live close too there and that picture is beautiful, wish the hills still looked that nice, without all the ugly Oakhurst houses in the hills.

2 nytemuvr November 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Great picture

3 In the area, too November 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Wish I could have bought a house back then at those prices! Of course, everything is relative, huh? Back in NY, my parents bought their place (just outside of NYC) for $50K in 1977 and it was hard for them, but they were determined to get us out of what was soon to become a crack-infested neighborhood in the city.

4 Parsnip November 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Very pretty. I miss the open space more and more each time I see such photos …

5 toe knee November 20, 2012 at 6:25 PM

There should should be a before and after picture

6 anon November 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

The before picture is beautiful. Don’t think I can stomach that after picture, especially after that poor woman was kidnapped and assaulted in the parking over there.

7 Seeno Evil November 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I liked Clayton before the Lawyers cut down the beautiful Eucalyptus Trees and all the One Percenters moved in.

8 Role Models November 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

It has a mullet.

9 mwo1859 November 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Man it is amazing how clayton has grown up. Damn Seeno

10 TonyParcheesi November 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM
11 Tami November 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

That’s the street I grew up on! I used to love that cows could meander right up to the houses on Cardinet and you could feed them through the fences in the pre-Oakhurst days. I miss the beautiful smell of the almond trees each February and the winter ‘snowfall’ of blossoms in everyone’s front yards. Thanks Kendra!

12 skippy November 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Try looking at a pic from the Clayton nostalgia book of the Clayton Rd corridor looking towards MDES circa mid-50s before any of the subdivisions went in. It’s a trip. Don’t blame just Seeno. It started long before him.

13 Lovely November 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

What a beautiful place. Wish we could turn time back a little and go back to when there was less crime.

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