Todos Santos Plaza, Concord
Todos Santos Plaza is the center point for the city of Concord, located 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. A lovely playground with some young families around.
The city was founded in 1869 by three men who are the "Todos Santos" - Don Salvio Pacheco, his son Don Fernando Pacheco, and son-in-law Don Francisco Galindo. When the nearby town of Pacheco was ravaged by a flood, its residents and businesses relocated here. The town's original name was Todos Santos, but soon changed to Concord. Some of Concord's key streets continue to bear the names of these three men.
Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County that takes up the northeastern, inland portions of the San Francisco Bay Area. After the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and with the automobile boom of the 1950s, Concord developed into a bedroom community for San Francisco commuters. In the 1970s, Bay Area Rapid Transit arrived, making Concord its inland terminus, making San Francisco commutes even easier. And during the dot-com boom and bust around the turn of the millennium, I myself made Concord my home.
Concord is also known for a few other things - home to Port Chicago Naval Weapons Station (where a major World War II munitions blast that killed hundreds of African-Americans, and the aftermath where more African-American servicemen, refusing to work for safety concerns, were convicted of mutiny, becoming an impetus to the civil rights movement), birthplace of actor Tom Hanks, and the home of the Blue Devils, the most decorated bugle corps in history.