In 1834, the Mexican land grant of Rancho Monte del Diablo was granted to Salvio Pacheco, including what is now known as Concord and parts of Pleasant Hill. On June 24, 1835, he built this two-story adobe, the first building in the Diablo Valley to be erected.
Pacheco gave the earthquake-flood refugees of 1868 the land surrounding this adobe, and the settlement was known as Concord, formerly known as Todos Santos.
The Concord Historical Society (http://concordhistorical.org), in collaboration with the City of Concord, awarded Slater the public art commission to sculpt a 7' high bronze portrait statue of Don Salvio Pacheco. One of the three founders of the City of Concord was Pacheco. He obtained a 17921-acre land grant in 1834, which he called Todos Santos (meaning 'all Saints'), later renamed Concord.
Pacheco was a very charitable man and had given away all but 425 acres to flooding victims, refugees, and many others by the time of his death in 1876. He believed strongly in the importance of education and founded a school. Pacheco welcomed people with open arms to his adobe home and was recognized as a very noble and trustworthy man by all.
The committee was enthusiastic about the design concept and sketch of Slater, which shows Pacheco sitting on top of an ornate Spanish relief decorated pedestal with his left hand holding a scroll of his land grant and his right hand lying on a map with the outlined boundary of his land. Slater is renowned for highly detailed sculpture and has brought the capacity to create Pacheco's historical over-life size portrait statue in his period clothing. The bronze casting will be finely finished and given a beautiful classic monument patina (by the Artworks Foundry in Berkeley).
At the entrance to the beautiful Todos Santos Plaza Park in the city of Concord, California, the full-figure bronze portrait statue will be installed on a 3' high solid granite pedestal.
This hidden gem in Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- The Galindo Home
- Markham Nature Park & Arboretum
- Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe
- Historical Eichler Homes of Concord
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- John Muir National Historic Site
- De Martini Winery
- Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
All of these wonderful - but not so well known - attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!