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St. Joseph’s Church
Eventually, two more smaller adobe homes were added when
sons Vicente and Jose de Jesus were wed. Wedding fiestas and
bullfights lasted for days.
The area now had a new name: The Three Adobes of Pinole
Viejo (old Pinole).
Early Spanish-speaking Californians called Californios were
devoted to their Catholic faith. Every home had an altar with
a patron saint figure. Even though the Martinez daughters
dutifully said their prayers each evening, legend has it that
they were also expert horseback riders and roped grizzly bear
In 1849, the beautiful Rafaela Martinez married Englishman
Samuel Tennent. After 10 children and her passing in the
1860s, Dr. Tennent donated the downtown block in the
center of Pinole to Saint Joseph’s Church in her honor. In
1881, Pinole’s first Catholic church, Saint Joseph’s, was built.
Today, the Pinole Valley corridor on both sides of the freeway
acts as the economic engine for Pinole’s business development
in much the same manner as when it was responsible for the
city’s boom in the 1950s and 1960s.
On the south side, the imposing new Pinole Valley High
School nears completion. Nearby, the Pinole Valley Shopping
Center anchored by Trader Joe’s bustles with auxiliary shops.
North of the freeway, small businesses have sprung up around
the big-named places of Kaiser, Sprouts, and Starbucks.
But Pinole Valley still holds a secret to remember. Under
the dark adobe soil deep in the valley lies the limestone
foundation of the home of the valley’s first Hispanic residents.
They, too, found it to be a desirable place to live.
Long ago, they were the pioneers who set in motion the gold
rush of development that turned Pinole’s reputation from a
largely ignored small cattle-and-saloon town into a prosperous
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