Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection

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This 1911 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce is one of the very few surviving  Edwardian Ghosts to retain its original chassis, engine, and body. It part of the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California.

70 Days Across America

Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection is one of five collections at one of the most eclectic and interesting museums in the San Francisco Bay Area. Others include the Old West., ancient China, out of Africa, and the natural world.

Why I’m Here …

So what am I doing in Danville?

Danville is a city in Southern Alameda, California. It is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Oakland.

Not only that, it is ranked as the wealthiest middle sized city in the United States. It is ranked as one of the four best cities in the country to live in. And it has a population of nearly 70,300 people.

More importantly, Danville a stop on the Northern California leg of my epic trip, 70 Days Across America.

My stay was arranged by Visit Tri-Valley, which represents the three valleys surrounding Mount Diablo. In addition to Danville, featured cities include  Dublin,  Livermore, and Pleasanton.

My previous stops included San FranciscoLos AltosNapa ValleyConcord, and Oakland.

Arrival in the Tri-Valley

After having lunch in downtown Oakland, I checked out of my hotel and traveled to the Tri-Valley on BART.

Upon  my arrival, I called Uber to take me to the Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton.

Little did I know that the hotel was within walking distance of the train station.  In fact, had I known, I could have saved both time and money! It took forever for the driver to arrive!

After checking into the hotel, I explored its beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens.

Then I did laps in the hotel’s sun-washed swimming pool. And I also caught a few rays in one of the lounge chairs surrounding the pool.

Next, I explored the hotel’s immediate neighborhood.

Finally, I had a sumptuous dinner at the hotel’s excellent restaurant. And I mean it was SUMPTUOUS! The Mediterranean menu lived up to Northern California’s reputation as a foodie’s paradise.

Visit Tri-Valley had arranged a full schedule of activities for me. The formal programme would begin the next day with a visit to the Blackhawk Museum.

Blackhawk Museum Overview

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Exterior, Blackhawk Museum. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The Blackhawk Museum is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s hidden treasures. The museum is located in Danville, which is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland.

It has five sections. And each one of them has a very distinct collection. In addition, they all have a very different personality.

  • Classic Automobiles
  • Old West
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ancient China
  • Natural World

Blackhawk Mueum Classic Car Collection

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If you always wondered by that compartment at the rear of a car was called a trunk, now you know. Because this early automobile actually came with a trunk! Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Early car with a vintage gas pump from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Early model from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Early model from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Early model from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Early model from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Late 1960s Buick convertible from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Cars from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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1956  Ford Crown Victoria Fairlane with a  Continental Tire Kit from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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1956  Ford Crown Victoria Fairlane with a  sunliner roof from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Chevrolet 1957 Bel Air convertible from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Silver and black vehicle from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
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Tiny car with a front door from the Blackhawk Museum Classic Car Collection. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

After indulging in a hearty breakfast at Faz, a representative of Visit Tri-Valley picked me up and drove me to the Blackhawk Museum.

First we toured the Classic Car Collection. While some of the cars were from my grandparents’ generation, others were from my own childhood.

And it was like taking a walk down Memory Lane as I tried to remember the years and makes of some of those muscle cars from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

My favourite had to be that classic woody from the early 1950s! Wasn’t it a Ford station wagon?

The docent was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. And she was full of interesting anecdotes about the vehicles on display.

Blackhawk Museum Spirit of the Old West

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Cowboy riding on a horse. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer
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Settlers traveling by wagon train. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer
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Bald eagle. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer
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Buffalo exhibit. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer

Next we visited the Spirit of the Old West. And the docent related fascinating stories of the Native Americas as well as  the trappers, traders, cowboys, and settlers.

What I remember most is the docent’s comment that to the native Americans, the buffalo was like an early version of Walmart.

Because from the noble beast they could source both food and clothing!

We didn’t have time to visit the other three sections of the museum. In fact, a mouth-watering lunch was waiting for us at a gastro pub in downtown Pleasanton.

Following lunch, there would be another museum visit. And a walk through downtown Pleasanton would follow.

But the highlight of a very eventful day would be attending the 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival.

First there would be a VIP reception at the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House.

And finally, I would attend a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s play, Hughie.

Where to Eat in the Tri-Valley Area

What to See and Do in the Tri-Valley Area

Where to Stay in the Tri-Valley Area

Where

Blackhawk Museum – 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, California. Telephone: (925) 736-2280.

Pleasanton is a part of the Tri-Valley Area in Southern Alameda County. It is roughly 39 miles east of San Francisco. The drive takes about 50 minutes. It is roughly 31 miles from Oakland. The drive takes about 40 minutes.

If you don’t drive, the restaurant can be reached by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).  The Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station is a 10 minute walk from the restaurant.

If You’re Visiting San Francisco …

This post on the Blackhawk Museum is part of a series chronicling my epic journey, 70 Days Across America. It contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a small commission that will help maintain this blog.

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