The History of Alta Crest

The name Alta Crest is a name borrowed from family lore. The Gragg children's great-great grandfather, Joe Machado, stowed away on a cattle ship from Portugal, crossed the Atlantic, and eventually settled in Lafayette, California in the early 1900's. Joe turned to the only trade he knew: dairy farming, and set up shop on the rolling green hills of Lafayette.
Joe, his wife and eight children lived in an 800 square foot house, with the boys sleeping in the barn. The family woke at the crack of dawn, milked the cows, bottled the milk, and delivered it to the doorsteps of rural Contra Costa homesteaders. In the late 1940's Dr. Hamlin purchased the property, and so the nostalgic chapter of Alta Crest Dairy gave way to the development of Silver Springs and Lafayette Woodlands.

Joe and Theresa Machado

Alta Crest Dairy 

Bottle Seal

​Fresh Milk is a Life Saver, according to Joe Machado, proprietor, as depicted on this bottle label.

 A receipt from Diamond K, for $38.16 for fence building supplies, dated 1941.

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