Guide to San Francisco Bay Area Creeks


Sausal Creek, here referred to as Diamond Creek, was already heavily modified in 1896. In the 1850s, the redwoods in the headwaters were logged, and the trees drug down the creek. The creek had ended in a willow thicket (sausal) in the area labeled here as Fruitvale. The very straight course of the creek bed downstream to San Leandro Bay suggests that this was a ditch dug to drain the thicket.

USGS Topographic Map: Concord, Calif. 1/62,500, 1897; Courtesy of HISTOPO

Sausal Creek Information