billboard at left once welcomed residents and visitors to Castro Valley
during its chicken ranching days. It was located near where Mattox Road
now becomes Castro Valley Boulevard.
right, now also part of our history, is the "welcome" sculpture commissioned
by the county. It briefly sat on Redwood Road near Castro Valley Boulevard
during late 1997 and was removed due to the community's requests.
So ...why do we care about the past?
There are many reasons, but plain old curiosity is good for a start.
Who were those people whose names figure so prominently in our landscape:
Stanton; Hayward; Proctor; Cull? How did they live and shape our community.
Who was living here before them? What was the town like back then and what
may it become.
Take a trip with us now into Castro Valley's past. We hope you enjoy
these pieces of the puzzle we've been able to assemble here and consider
adding your part of the puzzle to them.
Note: You will see the audio icon
below throughout the CV history pages. Click on "Listen" for unique audio content pertaining to that page.
Each one is different. Click on the one below to hear a welcome message.
MyCastroValley thanks Lucille Lorge and the
Historical Society for allowing us to present this information here. The
information here has been compiled by Mrs. Lorge, who also shares it as
a slide presentation in Castro Valley elementary schools.
Ray Lorge, Lucille's late husband, and his family were
vital forces in shaping Castro Valley's history through both industrial
and civic contributions. Lucille continues this tradition through her work
with the Hayward Historical Society and in many other ways. We greatly
appreciate their generousity in allowing us to publish this material.
To read more about the Lorge family and their history
in Castro Valley
If you have stories, family photos or other memorabilia
relevant to Castro Valley's history, we hope you will share it with us.
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or mail us at: 3056 Castro Valley Blvd., #6, Castro Valley CA 94546.
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