Walnut Creek is an incorporated city near Mount Diablo in the San Francisco Bay Area. The community was set up in December 1862, when the United States Post Office was established. It grew when the Southern Pacific Railroad Service arrived in 1891. A branch of the railroad passed through Walnut Creek until the 1970s. The city was incorporated in Contra Costa County in 1914.
In 2012, CBS Money Watch and U.S. News named Walnut Creek one of the 10 best places to retire in the United States. It has the most open space of any community in California. Among its parks are the Diablo Foothills Regional Park and the Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area. With cultural attractions, the first major retail center in Contra Costa, as well as its status as headquarters for the Pac-12 Conference, Walnut Creek sees a lot of traffic from residents of neighboring cities. [Read more…]