The Claycord Online Museum – Walnut Creek, Then & Now

April 29, 2014 14:00 pm · 18 comments


This is Walnut Creek – Then & Now.

Click on the picture for a much larger view.

To view more photos of Walnut Creek – Then & Now, please visit the website for Walnut Creek’s 100 year celebration by clicking on THIS LINK.

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! Click on the tag below titled “Claycord Online Museum” to view other items.

Nancy April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

You forgot to add the never-ending traffic.

the other jj April 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM


Cat Wrangler April 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Back then Pottery Barn was just the Barn.

PH resident April 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Well, the trees are an improvement!

jtkatec April 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Army Navy Surplus was the best place to hang out as a kid.

Suzanne April 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Where was the “barn”? Now, there’s a Pottery Barn!

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

jtkatec – did you wear the Navy jeans in high school……waist was a mile big and the the things drug the ground but we loved them!!!!!!

Gargoyle Socks April 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

This was used on the cover of PG&E’s Plan for Pipeline Safety? An ‘after and before’ picture.

Jojo potato April 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Pottery barn is owned by Williams Sonoma. Nothing to do with anything except ripping off stupid WC shoppers. Just like the rest of downtown.

UsedtoBe April 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

WC was a beautiful place.

Silva April 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Jtkatec, THAT WAS A COOL PLACE! I wore the navy denims, and had the P coat too!

I rode down the Main on my buckskin mustang in the Walnut Festival Parade with my 4H group in ’68.

Silva April 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It looked a lot more like the first photo in the ’60s.

Mad Mom April 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I agree! Army Navy Surplus was terrific. I wore the dungarees and bandannas. I hate to say it, but we all wore “jap flaps”! (straw soled flip-flops) The horror of our insensitivity!
Main Street was so different in the 60’s and 70’s.
I loved watching all of the cars cruising the Main. The low riders, the farm trucks, the mustangs and all the rest!
I also remember Woolworth’s. My mom loved Goldman’s clothing near See’s Candy.
Good times indeed.

Joe April 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Notice all the trees in the 1930’s picture

Barbosa April 30, 2014 at 1:01 AM

@Jojo Potato — I know we don’t have a single 99cent store in WC, but still not nice for you to look down on us.

nytemuvr April 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Still have the P coat I bought at that Army Surplus store….and it still fits and actually had it cleaned a couple of years ago, like new again. Loved that store and the Buster Brown store were you could get your feet x-rayed for a good fit. Probably why I have six toes on my feet now…….

Silva April 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Nytemvr, good for you!

wolfman April 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

We cruised the main from 1970 until they stopped us. I remember the Plastic Trip was a vet done by Hemsl and Haws or so we were told.

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