Useful Information for Hayward CA
Hayward CA is located in Alameda County where is the third largest city. Referred to as the East Bay, it is the sixth largest city in the entire San Francisco Bay area.
Hayward was severely damaged in an 1868 earthquake, and many of the earliest buildings were totally destroyed. The underlying fault was named after the city, putting it literally on the map for geological fault lines. Originally chartered under the name Haywards, it was renamed to the shorter version in 1880.
The mild Mediterranean style climate led to the first successful industry of farming and agriculture. The arrival of the railroad in the early 1800’s enabled the farmers to ship their goods to the rest of the states, and a thriving industry led to early prosperity.
The agricultural opportunities drew many Japanese to the area, who were later interned there during WW II. The wars’ end led to both a population and economic boom, and many who were in the area for the manufacturing of war materials settled here for good.
The city today is home to a branch of the California State University, East Bay campus, and currently has three sister cities located in Japan, Afghanistan, and Portugal. Gold Medalist Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi was born here.
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