This thriving metropolis still holds its home town appeal. As one of the fastest growing communities in the Bay area it offers that sweet country atmosphere. From the surrounding farm land and fields, to the inviting waters of the Delta. Brentwood is a great little city to grow up in. Annual events include the Cornfest held in July to the Downtown Hometown Halloween in October and the annual Holiday Parade. One of the first pioneers to settle in the Brentwood area was a doctor named John Marsh, who built a stately mansion out of stone, on Marsh Creek Road. Marsh was murdered in 1856 before he ever moved into the home. The name “Brentwood” is believed to have come from the Marsh family’s home town of Brentwood, England. Development of the city was hastened with the discovery of coal in the Mt. Diablo foothills. By 1874, the first structures were popping up. Fertile soils and the coming of the railroad in 1890 helped make the area the largest shipping point for grain between New Orleans and San Francisco. The English land speculation company Balfour Guthrie installed a vast irrigation system that improved land values by allowing farmers to grow row crops and fruit trees, firmly establishing the town’s agricultural history.
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