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Nothing There
38 bedrock mortars and several housepits
Elevation 1280 ft.

“There’s nothing there,” said Doc Hale, but even a Master can be wrong. We believe this is the southernmost settlement in Volvon territory. It is just off the Black Hills Trail, which probably traces the main Indian trail between Volvon Village and Brushy Peak, and is perched on a knob near the source of a perennial spring. The site enjoys extensive views, and the settlement here may have guarded one of the main gateways to the Volvon heartland. This is a great place to hang out and survey the scene.

The creek that flows from here down to Kellogg Creek is pictured in the Mount Diablo, Los Vaqueros, and Surrounding Parks map published by Save Mount Diablo. Unlike the other tributaries of Kellogg Creek, it doesn’t have a name! Therefore, we dub it “Nothing There Creek.”


These mortars (the leftmost one is obscured by vegetation) are also depicted on page 17 in chapter one of the book about Los Vaqueros Reservoir, “From Rancho to Reservoir.” Nothing There mortars


One of the housepits at this site.

Previous two photographs by Bob Bardell

View of Brushy Peak. The ancient trail from Volvon to the Brushy Peak trading grounds winds its way through the hills opposite the County Line Staging Area.


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