“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Richmond, California Historical Markers

"The Sentinel" Statue image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
"The Sentinel" Statue
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — "The Sentinel" — Kirk St, Maur — Sculptor —
Dedicated October 20, 1984 Mayor Thomas J. Corcoran City of Richmond, California History of the Indian Statue The first Indian statue was commissioned and dedicated at this site in 1909 by the Women's Westside Improvement Club. . . . — Map (db m94712) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — "Victory ships were a bigger, complicated ship." — Reverend Ross Hidy, pastor — S.S. Red Oak Victory —
The S.S. Red Oak Victory is an example of the enormous scale of work completed by ordinary men and women to help the war effort. Constructed in eight-seven days, the S.S. Red Oak Victory was one of ten Victory ships commissioned by the United States . . . — Map (db m94840) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker — Shipyard No. 3
You are standing in Shipyard No. 3, which represents one of the many industrial complexes which operated to support America in World War II. Over 90,000 skilled and unskilled workers from across the country relocated to Richmond, California to find . . . — Map (db m94832) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — "It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp — Whirley Crane — Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historical Park —
Whirley cranes were an essential part of Richmond Shipyard's manufacturing capabilities during World War II. Named for the turret's ability to rotate (whirl) 360 degrees, the cranes could handle massive amounts of steel - lifting and moving large . . . — Map (db m94830) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Alvarado Park
Alvarado Park (Grand Canyon Park) was established in 1909 and soon became a popular destination for visitors from throughout the Bay Area. From the mid-1930s to 1943 Richmond installed the park's rock and concrete walls, barbecue pits, and stone . . . — Map (db m146005) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Alvarado Park
A Popular Gathering Place for 200 Years

Alvarado Park has long been a popular spot to gather. Native Americans lived here and ground acorns on the site. Later, Spanish settlers came to picnic at what they called Arroyo Caρada (stream . . . — Map (db m146445) HM

California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Bank of Richmond — 201 West Richmond Avenue — April 1902 —
In 1902 the Bank of Richmond occupied the main floor. The upstairs offices housed the early phone exchange. Richmond's first paper, 'The Point Richmond Record' was published by Lyman Naugle in the basement. In 1910 the building was remodeled and the . . . — Map (db m94710) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — By Land and By Sea
San Francisco Bay is known for more than its great beauty. Its large estuary, where sea water mixes with huge river flows, is also a major port. Richmond's deep natural waterfront lent itself to early industrial development. Augustin Macdonald . . . — Map (db m94738) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — City of Richmond Employees World War II Memorial
This tablet is dedicated to the memory of personnel of the City of Richmond who died in the service of their country in World War II.

John J. Kenny · Councilman William J. Finnegan · Engineer James F. Fitzgibbons · Street Dept. . . . — Map (db m144412) WM

California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Clay, Kilns & Brick — Brickyard Cove • Ferry Point Loop • San Francisco Bay Trail
Only expansive brown mudflats, backed by rolling hills ablaze with orange poppies in the spring, were found here at Brickyard Cove until the Santa Fe Railway came to Ferry Point in the early 1900s, three brick manufacturing companies arrived. The . . . — Map (db m94739) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Dynamic Wartime Port
"They were from all over the country... all these people came to work here in Richmond at the shipyards...The shipyards, the cannery, there was a lot of industry here...They had three yards, and they were sending out ships every day... and I . . . — Map (db m94755) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Harry Ells School
On this site a school was founded in 1944 to serve Richmond students. The school was named after Harry Leander Ells, who served on the Stege School Board and served the 22nd District of the State Assembly in 1903-1905 representing Contra Costa . . . — Map (db m144416) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Native Peoples of the East Bay
Before the coming of Europeans, the land we now call California supported hundreds of tribal groups. The East Bay had about 25 independent tribal groups with well-defined territories. The people of these tribes spake dialects of three distinct . . . — Map (db m146034) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Richmond Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West Veterans Memorial
Presented by the N.S.G.W. No. 217 and N.D.G.W. No. 147 of Richmond

In memory of those who served the United States in time of war — Map (db m144414) WM

California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — 1032 — Richmond Shipyards
During the World War II Home Front effort, the Richmond Shipyards were an immense facility covering 880 acres. Constructed for the Henry J. Kaiser Company in 1941 and 1942, these shipyards became the largest in the world. New methods of ship . . . — Map (db m146451) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Rosie the Riveter Memorial — Honoring American Women's Labor During WWII
The area where you are now standing was alive with activity during World War II, when it was known as Kaiser Shipyard #2. It was one of four shipyards carved from Richmond's coastline to serve the war effort. The Rosie the Riveter Memorial . . . — Map (db m94433) HM WM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — 1002-1 — Site of Giant Powder Company
Pt. Pinole is the last site of the Giant Powder Company, the first company in America to produce dynamite. Following devastating explosions at their San Francisco and Berkeley sites, the business moved to this isolated location in 1892. . . . — Map (db m143396) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — SS Red Oak Victory
The SS Red Oak Victory is the last remaining ship of the 747 vessels built at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Ca, during World War II. Commissioned by the U.S. Navy as the USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235), on December 5, 1944, she served as an . . . — Map (db m131188) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — The Critchett Hotel
160 Washington Avenue site of The Critchett Hotel Built in 1900 - 25 rooms Often called "Mechanics Hotel" This was a first class hotel with a splendid dining hall built and owned by Frank Critchett. The land was donated by John Nicholl to . . . — Map (db m50483) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — The Ford Assembly Building
Four panels, in two sets of two, describe the pre- and post-war history and uses of the Ford Assembly Building: 1930-1939 Ford Model A "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking." -- Henry Ford The Ford . . . — Map (db m94768) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — The Home Front Legacy — The Home Front Legacy
"The war shed light on America's promise. It created an explosion that accelerated change all the way into the 1960s." -- Betty Reid Suskin With World War II officially ended, Richmond filled with celebration in September, 1945. Years . . . — Map (db m94765) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — The Richmond Supply Company Building
This building was built in 1903 at 139 West Richmond Avenue by J.Q. Black who supplied the area with coal, wood, hay, and grain. Robert Dornan Sr. bought the building in 1909 and added the service of moving goods. In 1911 he bought a truck and . . . — Map (db m49804) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — War Boomtown — Remnants of a Shipbuilding Past
"All these ships were being built (in Richmond) and it provided a lot of employment... But looking back, it was really a boon to their economy. The stores were just really was full of people..." -- Stella Faria, shipyard office . . . — Map (db m94753) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Wartime Changes
" I think that during World War II...there was a tremendous amount of patriotism. I think that was the important thing. It was a real job and you did something for the war effort. -- Maggie Gee, Army pilot People moved to Richmond from . . . — Map (db m94740) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Where the Deer and the Antelope Play — Anza Expedition of 1776
In 1775 and 1776, Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, Father Pedro Font, along with 240 settlers, soldiers, and others traveled 1,800 miles from Sonora, Mexico to Monterey, California. Anza and Font, with a small group passed through by horseback . . . — Map (db m145988) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Richmond — Women's Westside Improvement Club
Established July 7, 1908, for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Point Richmond, the Women's Westside Improvement Club is responsible for the original Indian statue fountain, a reading room that became the Westside Branch Library, this . . . — Map (db m94711) HM

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