Concord Historical Society Speaker Series

Bill Mero, Author of Shadow on the Hills: Place Names of Contra Costa County, California

Concord Museum and Event Center
1928 Clayton Road, Concord

  • Cost: FREE
  • Date: December 1, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 PM


Have you ever wondered at the origins of your own street name – perhaps those of your neighborhood or town? Contra Costa County is small in area but once played a huge role in the struggle to settle the West. As new settlers and adventurers invaded the land of the first Americans, place names also changed. Old place names disappear or become historical “ghosts” recalling people and events that have faded from our popular memories.

Bill Mero

William has published numerous articles on local history and the challenges of digitizing historic records in both the Brentwood Press and the California Historian magazine. Most of his history essays can be read on the web at