I actually don’t remember when Walnut Creek looked like this. This photo was taken long before my arrival in town: at Kaiser hospital in a year I won’t disclose. Actually, this photo by Ted Gurney shows North Main Street looking north from Mt. Diablo Boulevard in 1952. Hmm, 1952. My parents moved to Walnut Creek a year later.
This photo is part of an interesting exhibition of photos, Then and Now, on display in the City Council chamber at City Hall. The exhibition consists of 25 such historic photos of Walnut Creek, dating back to 1927, that are then juxtaposed with 2008 photos showing the same locations. The new photos were taken by Andy Smith, a senior planner with the City’s Community Development Department and an accomplished amateur photographer. He selected the vintage photos and then sought out to capture images of the same place years later in order to show how a community like Walnut Creek changes through time.
Thanks to Brad Rovanpera, the city’s public information officer and expert historian, for sharing this photo.