Antioch is one of the oldest towns in California, having been founded in The year following the discovery of gold, there was a plague that over-took the city and wiped out most of the population. This new industry resulted in the founding of the towns of Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartsville, and Black Diamond now Pittsburg, California , and added greatly to the economic activity of the Antioch area.
However, later on, both the mine and the railroad passed into the hands of the Belshaw brothers. The mines have long ago ceased operation, and the railroad tracks have been dug up, though the building that served as the Antioch terminus of the railroad still stands on the corner of F Street and Fourth Street, and the grading and trestles still remain much as they were in those early days.
In , a great excitement arose over the discovery of copper ore near Antioch. Smelting works were built at Antioch, and a value of fifteen to twenty-five dollars per ton was paid for the ore, according to its quality. Unfortunately the copper bubble eventually burst, to the dismay of the citizens with connections. Petroleum was first drilled for near Antioch in , but not enough oil was found to make a decent profit. The Antioch Post Office was opened in , closed in , re-opened in , closed again in , and it has operated continuously since re-opening in In memory of when the paper was formed, a copy of its first issue has been framed and hangs over the desk of the present editor.
The Ledger later merged with the Contra Costa Times and printed its last issue in The town has seen an enormous amount of growth in the last 30 years, as the population of the Bay Area continues to grow, and real estate prices force families to move towards the outskirts of the Bay Area.
Monte Rio ranked first with 4. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of The population density was 3, The racial makeup of Antioch was 50, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32, persons The Census reported that , people There were 32, households, out of which 14, There were 2, 7. The average household size was 3. There were 25, families The population was spread out with 28, people The median age was For every females there were For every females age 18 and over, there were There were 34, housing units at an average density of 1, The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.
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