Danville Travel Guide
Danville Local History
First populated by Indians, who lived next to the creeks and camped on Mount Diablo in the summer, Danville was often referred to as the , "Heart of San Ramon Valley." Americans, drawn to the Californian goldrush moved here and in 1854, Daniel and Andrew Inman bought 400 acres with their gold earnings and a small town grew. The Inmans rejected the name of "Inmanville" and settled on Danville, after Andrew's mother-in-law from Danville, Kentucky. By 1862, over 200 people lived here. The prosperity of the Californian gold mines attracted large numbers and the settlers brought with them, cattle and sheep and started farming in the area.
The arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad also bought changes to Danville, as people could travel to and fro more easily. The 20th century with the wars, the depression, Spanish flu and immigration affected Danville and the area became a melting pot of Chinese, Portuguese, Germans and Japanese. Today, this small settlement on the banks has grown into a thriving, beautiful community.
Danville Parks & Gardens
Oak Hill Park - Set against the spectacular Mt. Diablo backdrop, it features a small lake that supports a variety of wild birds, including migratory birds and geese. The mature trees, verdant lawns and level pathways that surround the lake, offer abundant picnic spots in this 43 acre park. A sand volleyball court, lighted tennis courts and group picnic areas are also available.
Sycamore Valley Park - A children's play area with a popular recreational fountain, a reflection pond with waterfall and a jogging path that meanders through the park, are some of the attractions here. Others include picnic areas, barbeque pits and baseball and soccer fields.
Danville Restaurants and Bars
Albany Bistro - 1403 Solano Ave. With the slogan of East-West fusion, it caters for Sunday brunches, starters, dinners, desserts, cocktails and drinks and has a small plate menu with items like potato cake, cluster tomato salad and katafi wrapped scallops.
Blackhawk Grille - 3540 Blackhawk Plaza circle - With the emphasis on seasonally-inspired cuisine, the menu includes a variety of small plates, pizza's, fresh seafood, nature-fed meats and poulty, game from the hardwood grill, pastas, salads and special lunch time sandwiches.
Faz Danville - 600 Hartz Ave. Some of its specialities include house-made bread with olive oil, eggplant puree, fettucine Marco Polo with Jumbo prawns, spaghetti with clams and chocolate pecan torte. Has outdoor seating with live jazz/classical music on Tuesdays- Sundays.
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