Contra Costa County Board opens 58-year-old time capsule

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Contra Costa County Board of Supes opens 58-year-old time capsule
Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday opened a 58-year-old time capsule.

The time capsule was buried under the prior Administration Building at 651 Pine Street in Martinez on Sept. 26, 1964.

It contained a diverse collection of artifacts, including the County’s 1964 annual report, predictions from the City of Martinez, emergency numbers for fire, police, and the County, a picture of the building maintenance staff, a County office telephone directory, directions on how to operate a push-button telephone, a photo of the first Contra Costa Courthouse built in 1855 and demolished in 1903, a copy of the special edition dedication of the Administration Building published in the Morning News-Gazette on Sept. 25, 1964, and a letter from the 1960s County Administrator Joseph P. McBrien.

The items will be placed on a history wall in the new Administration Building at 1025 Escobar St., according to the County.

Also Tuesday, members of the Board of Supervisors submitted new items for a time capsule that will be buried at 1025 Escobar St. and opened in 2072.

Items included a letter highlighting the significant impacts of the pandemic; city pins, local brochures and photos; a COVID home test kit; San Francisco Bay Trail Map; T-shirt from the 5th Annual Richmond Indigenous People’s Walk and much more. Learn more about the items placed in the new vault here.