Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Walk Around Clyde, CA

It only takes about an hour to walk around this tiny, little historic town.

Most of the houses have been here since the early 1900's and withstood the blast of the Port Chicago Explosion in 1944.

According to Wikipedia:

In 1917, the United States Shipping Board provided a government loan to the Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Company to build a company town.[5] The Board commissioned Bernard Maybeck to be Supervising Architect for laying out the new town. He designed the hotel and around 200 of the initial homes built in the town. George Applegarth was hired as Acting Architect. In this position, he drew many of the plans for the town.[6]

This house was for sale a few years ago and I took a peek inside. On the wall was an old framed photo of the house when it was built!

The hotel is long gone, but a morning walk around Clyde in the morning will always include

seeing the cows on the hills, wildflowers, century trees,

barking dogs, the heavy smell of water from the inlet of the nearby delta, the sound of the nearby train passing, blackbirds singing,

the smell of pine trees in the back alley, residents heading to work in their cars with a friendly wave,

a feral cat in a field, outwardly glimpses of the personalities that live within,

bulletins posted on the board at the community center and someone in their bathrobe water the front lawn.


  1. looks like a nice quiet place to be. How are you doing??

    1. In all my years living in that area I never drove over to Clyde. It really is a cute little town.
      I did know about the explosion, in Port Chicago, in 1944. What a tragic thing that was. I'll bet they thought that the war finally reached the West Coast. Very scary.
      Thanks for the photo tour.
      Enjoyed it.
      p.s. Too bad a one of those cute house doesn't go on the market. The prices would probably be pretty good right now.

  2. I'm a Clyde resident, in a newer section of town. Thanks for featuring our little unincorporated area of CoCo County! As we say here: "Small is unique!"