..Rancho Las Positas. Meaning "little
ponds or springs" in old Spanish, it was the name given to his ranch
by Robert Livermore; that Spanish land grant and his later acquisition,
Canada de los Vaqueros which was mostly in Contra Costa County, covered
some 44,000 acres in the 1850s.
..Tassajara. Means loosley in Spanish
"a place where strips of venison or beef are hung on lines in the sun
to dry." It is derived from the word "tasajo" which is a
dried meat we call jerky.
..Tesla. This was once a community
in Coral Hollow 12 miles southeast of Livermore. It was a coal mining town
where some 500 men were employed by the San Francisco & San Joaquin
Coal Co. in the 1890s and early 1900s. A giant electric power plant was
also planned there so it was named after the famous electrician Nikola Tesla.