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What's In A Name?

Original post made on Jul 2, 2013

Discover the story and the people that started it all... Learn the history behind the names of the Tri-Valley cities we call home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:30 AM


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Posted by Dan Ahlberg
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Very informative. Its great to understand the story behind those things that are part of our everyday life. Thank you!

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Posted by Bryan Moran
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

This is a very good story, and in that spirit let me add some more, perhaps juicier details. The name Pleasanton was indeed a misspelling error, but the town had a name before that, it was Alisal, known as the most desperate town in the West! Indeed shootouts, desperados, and dangerous men roamed the streets. It was a re-branding moment as Alisal was no place to for good people to be from. I guess it worked, because it's a nice place now.
But it took a looong while to become so quaint. In the 50s, 60s and 70s most of the other towns around us were re-developed. They tore down the old building and put up a fancy new-fangled thing called a "Strip Mall", so much better than old brick buildings from the 1800s. So Dublin, San Ramon, and even Livermore lost a lot of their character. Pleasanton was so poorly thought of that no one wanted to invest in re-development, so Pleasanton has a nice downtown full of history, the other "improved" towns, not so much.