Claycord Online Museum – Concord’s Turtle Creek Neighborhood

August 26, 2014 14:00 pm · 20 comments




Look at that, it’s the Turtle Creek neighborhood in Concord (before all the homes were built).

As you can see, the sewer pipes were about to be placed underground, and the water tanks on the hill stood all alone.

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!

pretty once August 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Wow…it was a pretty place once. Sad.

MonumentMan August 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I had a crush on a girl from Cowell. We used to buy candy in the little general store. Her dad worked in the cement factory. Dusty little town.

Mir24 August 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I remember it well! I used to cut through there when I missed the bus and had to get to CVHS!

funny man August 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

so… where there turtles in that creek?
and if so, why didnt the enviromentalists stop this!

funny man August 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

whaaat… no emojis? my last post isnt the same without my emoticons
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
ascii it is then

Silva August 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Sad. I used to ride my buckskin mustang all over the place.

totempole August 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Used to ride our bikes, fly kites and disappear there when we didn’t want to our chores and homework!

Circa? August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Anyone know the approximate date if the photo and/or the date the home were built?

anon August 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I used to hike around there when I was a kid. Later, after they built the houses, I remember my friends neighbor’s wall was sinking into the ground and I told her there was a spring running underground under her house.

Terry Kremin August 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

we would also love to add the actual or copies to our files at the Concord Historical Society resource center!

RunnerDope August 26, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Turtle Creek was built starting about 1973 until around 1978. I think The Crossings started about 1975.

Silva August 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

There sure were turtles in the creek.

Concord Mike August 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I can vouch for the fact that there still are turtles in turtle creek. I have seen them sunning themselves on the rocks in the pond and creek every now and then.

You can also see turtles down at the pond at Pixie Playland. They seem to be pretty common around Claycord.

Would be nice to see some old pictures of the creek area before it was developed. The few old aerial photos I have seen are too distant to really get a sense for what Galindo creek and Turtle Creek were like before development of the area.

nytemuvr August 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Here’s from Google Earth with dates…no pictures between ’88 and ’93(on Google Earth anyway), I rode my bike and hiked up there in the late 60s when my family moved to Denkinger Rd.(Ct.)…….
Good aerial shots from CVHS ’67 website, you can scan a lot of old Claycord from these(click on the “dates” buttons)…..

nytemuvr August 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

You need to click on the “Aerial Photo” button to see the old maps on the CVHS website.

SpehlCzech August 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Chuck Berry wrote a song about it.

I remember Turtle Creek.
Man, them snappers all around my feet.
Sure was hard swimmin’ across that thing.
With both hands ’round my dinga-ling-a-ling.

nytemuvr August 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

@Concord Mike #13
If you go to the CVHS website I posted at #14, you can see the creek and all kinds of old aerial photos. Caught crawdads (and a steelhead once) in that creek as we lived on Detroit when I was growing up, or download Google Earth.

Concord Mike August 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM


Thank you for the link to those arial photos. They are awesome!

at Beacon August 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I used to live right down the street from that water tank waterfall way

waterBoyeee August 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

now its the ghetto

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