Downtown Pleasanton: Then and Now

Museum on Main offers glimpse into changes over past century-plus

This wooden firehouse (shown circa 1920) was built in 1896 and demolished in 1929 to make room for a new, larger brick firehouse at the site. The property was re-envisioned, incorporating the old fire department facility, into the Firehouse Arts Center in 2010. (Modern photo courtesy of city of Pleasanton. Historic photo courtesy of Museum on Main).

Downtown Pleasanton 150 years ago was by no means the same as it looks during a stroll down Main Street in the 21st century.

But even so, remnants of the small-town life and local culture are still seen in the historic monuments and buildings scattered throughout the corridor today.

"History is so much more than dates and facts; it is about the people who have come before us and shaped our communities -- their struggles, their triumphs and their legacies," said Sarah Schaefer, Museum on Main's education director. "That community can be as expansive as the world or as local as your city, neighborhood or family."

"By learning about Pleasanton's history and historic buildings, people can gain a sense of place, which can add depth to everyday experiences. They can also gain a better understanding of why Pleasanton is such a unique Bay Area community," Schaefer added.

For a glimpse at how downtown Pleasanton has evolved over the last 150 years, visit the Museum on Main and check out historic artifacts, documents and photographs on display there in a "Then and Now" exhibit.

Or better yet, take a walk through downtown yourself to see these historic buildings and monuments in real life. You can grab a walking-tour pamphlet at the museum or wait for a guided tour with a trusty, knowledgeable museum docent guide to show you around.

Check out our full photo display here or on the Pleasanton Weekly Facebook page.


8 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

2 people like this
Posted by Katy
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Wish we could see more things like this in the PW! Good stuff!

5 people like this
Posted by Steve M
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Aug 5, 2017 at 7:45 am

With the parklet joining the bike rack at Angela and Main, downtown is becoming a place for people and not just a parking lot. Pleasanton is showing wonderful improvements as a hometown, not just a town.

3 people like this
Posted by Margo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

Thank you so much for this wonderful look at then and now in our downtown which we all love. It is one of the unique features of Pleasanton that drew me to move here 43 years ago.

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