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Richmond–San Rafael Bridge

(Encyclopedia) Richmond–San Rafael Bridge, W Calif., c.4 mi (6 km) long, part of the network of bridges serving the San Francisco Bay area; completed in 1957. It provides an essential link between…

San Pablo Bay

(Encyclopedia) San Pablo Bay: see San Francisco Bay.

Hayward

(Encyclopedia) Hayward, city (1990 pop. 111,498), Alameda co., W Calif.; settled 1851, inc. 1876. It is an important commercial and distribution center for farm products. Manufactures include wire,…

Golden Gate

(Encyclopedia) Golden Gate, strait, 4 mi (6.4 km) long and 1 to 2 mi (1.6–3.2 km) wide, linking San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean. It was discovered in 1579 by the English explorer Sir Francis…

San Mateo

(Encyclopedia) San Mateo sn mt´, city (1990 pop. 85,486), San Mateo co., W Calif., on San Francisco Bay; inc. 1894. It is a commercial and retail center with some high-technology manufacturing.…

Castro Valley

(Encyclopedia) Castro Valley, uninc. city (1990 pop. 48,619), Alameda co., W Calif., near San Francisco Bay. Chiefly residential, it also has light industries.

El Cerrito

(Encyclopedia) El Cerrito l sr´t, city (1990 pop. 22,869), Contra Costa co., W Calif., on San Francisco Bay; inc. 1917. It is primarily residential. Golden Gate Fields Racetrack is nearby.

Piedmont

(Encyclopedia) Piedmont, city (1990 pop. 10,602), Alameda co., W Calif., a suburb of Oakland; inc. 1907. It is a hilly, residential city. Many of its homes enjoy a spectacular view of the San…

Fages, Pedro

(Encyclopedia) Fages, Pedro p´r fä´hs, fl. 1767–96, Spanish governor of Alta California (1782–91). In Mexico in 1767, he was ordered to accompany the expedition of Gaspar de Portolá, which…

San Quentin

(Encyclopedia) San Quentin sn kwn´tn, peninsula extending into San Francisco Bay, W Calif., N of San Francisco. The state prison there was begun in 1852. San Quentin is the western terminus of the…