Known until 1958 as Monte Vista (when residents voted to change the name to Montclair due to the fact that there was another California community with the same name), Montclair’s earliest inhabitants were the Serrano Indians. In time, Spanish settlers, then those from across the United States, would come to call this area home. When land development began in earnest in the late 1890s, the area began its transformation from grazing land for livestock into a viable community.
As with much of the East Bay, a development boom that began post-World War Two would be the catalyst for even more rapid growth in Montclair. Today, with its award-winning schools, large homes, and secluded, forest-like set...
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