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The Acalanes chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized on January 12, 1950, by Eleanor Lyon. Eleanor lived on a 130 acre ranch in Happy Valley for a time. The Costanoan Indian village "Akalon" was located in Happy Valley until the mid 1800s. Spanish settlers called the people living in that village the "Acalanes." There was also a Mexican land grant near present-day Lafayette called "Rancho Acalanes." The Akalon tribe was the only tribe of Contra Costa County to rebel against the mission system and attempt to remain independent of the Spanish. Our chapter was named to honor the original inhabitants of this area, as well as symbolize the spirit of our Revolutionary ancestors.