The Nut Tree, Vacaville, California

The postcards and other images below provide a great visual look back at the history of the Nut Tree. It was a popular stop for those traveling  between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento and points farther, such as Reno, along U.S. Highway 40, which became interstate 80 in 1964.

The Nut Tree started as a fruit stand. The first permanent restaurant building opened in 1921. The Toy Shop and the Nut Tree Railroad opened in 1952. The railroad had a quarter-mile track running through the Nut Tree orchards and gardens. The Nut Tree Airport opened in 1955. A new Dining Room opened in 1958. In 1962 the U.S. Post Office designated the area Nut Tree, California. The Nut Tree Coffee Shop opened across interstate 80 in 1965. In 1970-71 a new bake shop and merchandise area opened. In 1970 the Nut Tree Airport was donated to Solano County. In 1976 a Nut Tree store opened in San Francisco at 655 Beach Street.

The famous black walnut tree that the Nut Tree was named after was planted in 1859 and died in 1952. "The Nut Tree is a large black walnut standing on the State Highway, near Vacaville, California.  It grew from a nut picked up on the Gila River, in Arizona, in 1859, by one of a party crossing the plains to California.  It was planted where it now stands, by Josiah Allison in 1859." 1 Back of Nut Tree souvenir plate produced by Vernon Kilns, USA.

The Nut Tree was closed from about 1996 until 2006 when the new Nut Tree opened. For more information about the Nut Tree today you can see http://www.nuttreeusa.com/

Thanks to Kathy Elwell for contributing scans from her collection to this site.
 


The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California

History of
The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
1937

The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
1937

A Garden at the
Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree
Acme Beer on Tap
Vacaville, Calif.
 

Spanish Room
Nut Tree
Vacaville, California

Mexican Room
at the Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree, CA
Highway U.S. 40
Vacaville, California
 

Patio - Nut Tree
Highway 40
Vacaville, Calif.
 

Nut Tree Patio
U.S. 40
Vacaville, California

Nut Tree Patio
Highway U.S. 40
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree
Flower Shop
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree Kitchen
Vacaville, California
mailed 1951
 

Nut Tree
Bakery
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree
Candy Kitchen
Vacaville, California
 

Summer Day in the
Nut Tree Plaza
Nut Tree, California
 

Evening View of
the Nut Tree Plaza
mailed 1959

Nut Tree Plaza
"In a park-like setting
self-service food."

Nut Tree Plaza
Self Service Food
Nut Tree, California
 

Nut Tree Plaza
"Eating area serving
unusual hot dog
plates."
 

Arriving at
The Nut Tree By Air
Vacaville, CA
 

Arriving By Air
Nut Tree Airport
Nut Tree, California
 

Arriving
at the Nut Tree by
 Airport and Train
mailed 1960
 

Nut Tree
Railroad Train leaving
the Toy Shop
 

The Nut Tree
Toy Shop
and Railroad
mailed 1957
 

The Nut Tree
Railroad
near Toy Terminal
mailed 1956
 

The Nut Tree
Railroad
Toy Shop Terminal
mailed 1964
 

The Nut Tree
Railroad
Train on the trestle
Nut Tree, California
 

Nut Tree Railroad
leaving Toy Shop
The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree Railroad
Nut Tree, California
mailed 1975
 

Nut Tree
Playwall
Nut Tree, California
 

Playhouse
The Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

Rocking Horses
Covered Entrance
mailed 1962

Dining Room
Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
mailed 1955
 

Western Dining
at the Nut Tree
Dining Room
 

Western Dining
at the Nut Tree
Dining Room
 

Nut Tree
Dining Room
mailed 1984
 

Nut Tree
Fresh Fruit Plate

Fresh Fruits
Nut Tree, California
 

Fresh Fruit Plate
Served at Nut Tree
Daily
 

Nut Tree Airport
Show Aircraft
Yearly Display
 

Nut Tree
Plaza
Vacaville, California
 

Dining at the
Nut Tree
Vacaville, California
 

Nut Tree
Shop Interior
Vacaville, California
 

Tree Trunk
Apartment
Stuffed Animals
Nut Tree Toy Shop
Vacaville, California
 

The Nut Tree
Pied Piper
Vacaville, California

 

Nut Tree History
 Brochure
 



Nut Tree Menu
Signed by Fred MacMurray
1955
 

Nut Tree
"From Tree to Thee"
matches

Nut Tree California
matches

 

Nut Tree California
matches
 

Nut Tree California
matches
       

Coffee Tree


The Coffee Tree
established March 1965
Nut Tree, CA
 

The Coffee Tree
at Interstate 80 and 505
Nut Tree, CA
 

Coffee Tree
Nut Tree, California
inside of
match cover
 

Other Vacaville, California


Vacaville,
California
on Hiway 80
 

Main Street
Vacaville,
California
 

Vacaville,
California
 

Vacaville,
California
 

Dry Yard
T. L. Gates Ranch
Vacaville,
California
 

Grammar School
Vacaville,
California
 

High School Building
Vacaville,
California

Vacaville Inn
on the Highway
Vacaville,
California
 

La Paloma Motel
Highway 40
1 1/2 miles South of
Vacaville,
California
 

Monte Vista Motel
Highway 40
Vacaville,
California
 

Monte Vista Motel
Highway 40 at
Merchant Street

Brigadoon Lodge
Next to Nut Tree
Monte Vista Exit

Brigadoon Lodge
Wine & Cheese
Tasting
Restaurant & Lounge
Vacaville, Calif.
 

Brigadoon Motel
Next to Nut Tree
Interstate 80
Monte Vista Exit
Vacaville, Calif.
 

Ranchotel
Highway 40
Vacaville,
California
 

Va-Capri Motel
1420 E. Monte Vista Ave.
Hwy. 40
Vacaville,
California
 

Va Capri Motel
Int. 80 and
Monte Vista Exit
Vacaville,
California
 

The Travelers
Pancake House
Vacaville,
California
 

Wykoff's Dairy
Vacaville, Calif.
 

 
   

Other on U.S. Highway 40 (became interstate 80 in 1964)


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On U.S. 40
Dixon, California
 

The Milk Farm
On U.S. 40
Dixon, California
 

The Milk Farm
Gift Annex
Dixon, California
 

The Ground Cow
On U.S. 40
1.5 miles east of
Auburn, California
 

 
   









 
 
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