Walnut Creek is located in the northwestern part of the state of California and a city in Contra Costa County and sits in the San Ramon Valley, which is on the east of both San Francisco and Oakley. In the 1770s, the Spanish explorers arrived in the area, and it became a part of the Mexican land grant in the early part of the 1800s. The city was first settled during the Goldrush era by William Slusher, who was a squatter who built his home along was called the Nuts Creek, and was then referred to as The Corners and was renamed to Walnut Creek in 1862 because of the abundance of walnut trees in the site. In 1878, the Central Pacific Railroad reached the area, and it was then connected with Oakland via an electric commuter line. The city later became the first commercial and shipping center for the nearby areas for their agricultural produce and industries.
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