Moraga is an often forgotten about Bay area town because it sits in a relatively mountainous area and is not directly adjacent to any larger East Bay suburb. The town started being built in 1935 when Joaquin Moraga received a land grant from Mexico to build up the area. The Sacramento Northern Railroad used to run through Moraga. The most famous institution in town is the Saint Mary's College, a private Catholic college with a nice campus layout towards the southeast of town. Moraga also offers open land and parks, including the Rancho Laguna park to the south at the edge of town, and the Mulholland Ridge open space, which offers hiking and walking along an open natural ridge.