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Pittsburg, CA. the Black Diamond Connection
Main Street down town Black Diamond main transportation was horse and wagons, streets were dirt and often became mired when the rains came. A large Sicilian fishing community was established in Black Diamond (courtesy of Pittsburg Historical Society,)
Frank Booth owned a cannery on the Sacramento River, where Pietro Ferrante was employed (courtesy of Monterey Library Historic Room.)
Pietro Ferrante born in Sicily in 1867, brought the lampara nets from Tangier to Monterey (courtesy of Vince Ferrante.)
Children are playing on the sidewalks as the street is a slurry of mud. During the rainy season, the streets were almost impassable, and the mire made it difficult for the children to play (courtesy of Pittsburg Historical Society.)
Downtown Black Diamond some of the businesses on this street Buggies Wagon Printer and Lettering, Saloon, Diamond Garage and Bay View Saloon (courtesy of Pittsburg Historical Society,)
The town shows signs of progress sidewalks, curbs, street lights are hanging over Main street and electrical wires from utility poles on the sidewalks (courtesy of Pittsburg Historical Society.)
Mexican store located in the town of Black Diamond later would be named Pittsburg, CA (courtesy of Vince Ferrante Pittsburg Historical Society.)
Early home located in the town of Black Diamond, homes were vary basic if they had electricity one light bulb in the center of the room. Heat was from the wood stove (courtesy of Vince Ferrante Pittsburg Historical Society.)
Black Diamond boy’s line up downtown a term “Capachuties” was used to refer to fishermen who hailed from the town of Capaci near Isola delle Femmine (courtesy of Pittsburg Historical Society,)
Early homes located in the town of Black Diamond later would be named Pittsburg, CA (courtesy of Vince Ferrante Pittsburg Historical Society.)
Granger's Wharf location now a park, the wharf is no longer there.
Granger’s Wharf located at Martinez; Ca. was located about half a mile below Richardson Street in Old Town Martinez. This section of town was predominately made up of Sicilians. (courtesy of Contra Costa Historical Society.)
Map of Martinez other sided of Pittsburg or Black Diamond, Matinez was the home of many Sicilian fisherman who would wlak to Granger's Pier where their boat was moored it was a couple of blockes from their residence.