Clayton, California

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Coordinates: 37°56′28″N 121°56′09″W / 37.94111°N 121.93583°W / 37.94111; -121.93583

Clayton (formerly, Clayton's and Claytonville)[1] is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 10,762 as of the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 km² (3.9 mi²), all land.

Mt. Diablo serves as a beautiful[citation needed] backdrop for Clayton.


In 1857, the town of Clayton was laid out and founded by Joel Henry Clayton (1812–1872) and his two younger brothers. Clayton was born in Bugsworth, now Buxworth, in the United Kingdom, and immigrated to the United States in 1837. After years in other states he settled down with his wife Margaret (1820–1908) at his town at the foot of Mt. Diablo, where he and his family prospered. Clayton was named after Joel Henry Clayton, although only by the flip of a coin. Joel Clayton and Charles Rhine cofounded the town, and each wanted to name it after hisself. If Charles had won it would have become Rhinesville, but Joel Clayton won.

Clayton prospered during the coal mining boom in eastern Contra Costa County. The post office opened in 1861.[2] Clayton incorporated in 1964.[2]

December 7, 2009 it snowed in Clayton and nearby Concord for the first time in several years.


The public schools of which the minors of Clayton attend include: Mt.Diablo Elementary School, Highlands Elementary School, Diablo View Middle School, Pine Hollow Middle School, and Clayton Valley High School.

Public libraries

The Clayton Library of the Contra Costa County Library is located in Clayton.[3]

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