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The Diablo Range is in the eastern San Francisco Bay area of California. It extends from the Carquinez strait, part of the tidal estuary of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, south to Mt. Orchard, near Cholame. It is named after Mt. Diablo, which from most sites looks like a double pyramid; the main summit is 3,849 ft (1,173 m) high, and the North Peak (once called Mt. King after the Unitarian clergyman Thomas Starr King), 1 mile to the northwest, is 3,557 ft (1,084 m) high. Before the Spanish arrived the twin-peaked mountain was called Tuyshtak ("at the dawn of time") or Sukkú Jaman ("the place where dogs came from in trade"), and in Spanish it became Cerro Alto de los Bolbones ("High Point of the Volvon," named after the local aboriginal tribe), but the Monte del Diablo ("thicket of the devil") moniker came about when several Chupcan prisoners escaped in a willow thicket there (English settlers misinterpreted "monte" as mountain). In 2005 Arthur Mijares claimed that the devil is a living person and therefore the name Diablo violates federal law, and unsuccessfully suggested it be renamed Mt. Yahweh.
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