HISTORY & CULTURE

Downtown Pleasanton is a historic district of business and residential properties located in a relatively small geographic area in the southeast cornet of the City of Pleasanton. In the year 2000, Pleasanton joined the ranks of certified California Main Street Communities, a designation bestowed by state's Trade and Commerce Agency under the auspices of the National Main Street Center. This esteemed recognition is a symbol of the community history and unity.

To walk through downtown Pleasanton is to take a walk back in time, past historic old buildings, many once connected by secret tunnels under Main Street. Each building has its own story to tell. Some tell stories about Mary Pickford, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Abbot & Costello, Presidents and the famous racehorse Seabiscuit. Others tell of lawless bandits like "Three Fingers" Jack Garcia, bank robbers that got away, a speakeasy shut down by Earl Warren, a brothel or two, and a Prohibition-era racketeer named Paul "Bouquet" Cohn.

A few may even have ghosts from their pasts. These wonderful buildings display a variety of historic architectural styles from Victorian, Italianate, Richardson Romanesque, Mission Revival and Colonial Revival to Craftsman, Art Deco and Moderne. You can explore all of the history and architecture that Downtown Pleasanton offers at your own pace with the Guide by Cell tour.   Click on www.museumonmain.org/guide-by-cell to download and print your guide.  Take a leisurely walk in beautiful downtown, as you use your cell phone to access this complimentary tour.  The Historic Downtown Pleasanton Audio Tour is funded in part by the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation. 
 

 

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