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Pinole, California

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Pinole (Spanish for "cornmeal") is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 19,022 at the 2020 census. History The name derives from "pinole", a Nāhuatl word for a kind of flour made from the ground seeds of maize, chia, and various other grasses, and annual herbs. An expedition under Pedro Fages was said to have run out of provisions while exploring the area, and to have been fed pinole by a local village. The Spaniards named their camp El Pinole. In 1823, Ygnacio Martínez, commandant of the Presidio of San Francisco, received a land grant of Rancho El Pinole from the Mexican government. Martinez built a hacienda in Pinole Valley; this is land encompassed by Pinole Valley Park. During the 1850s, Bernardo Fernandez, a Portuguese immigrant, started a trading facility on the shores of San Pablo Bay. He built Fernandez Mansion, a historic building that still stands today at the end of Tennent Avenue. From these early beginnings, a smal
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