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Our History... going way back!

  • Pre-history: Sabre Toothed Cats, Irvington Camels, and Mammoths roam the area now known as Fremont
  • More modern history: The Ohlone people, also referred to as Costanoans, call the area of Fremont and surrounding areas home
  • 1797: Spaniard Father Fermin de Lasuen founded Mission San Jose, the 14th California Mission
  • 1846: John C. Fremont, “The Great Pathfinder” and our City’s namesake, mapped a trail through Mission Pass
  • 1853: Washington Township was established and included the communities of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs
  • 1869: Leland Stanford Vineyards begin operation
  • 1869: History is made in Niles when the last of the tracks connecting the transcontinental railroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific are laid
  • 1871: Washington College of Science and Industry is built
  • 1881: Don Juan Gallegos buys land in the area now known as Irvington and Mission San Jose and begins his winery project - uncovering a great array of fossils!
  • 1884: Gallegos Winery is built
  • 1892: Gallegos Winery purchased, changed to Palmdale Company
  • 1906: The Great SF Earthquake destroys Gallegos/Palmdale Winery
  • 1912-1916: Niles district is home to the earliest Californian motion picture industry, and to Charlie Chaplin
  • 1941: The Irvingtonian Era (1.8 Million BP to 340K BP) is named after the Irvington District of Fremont
  • 1945: Weibel family purchases the Stanford Winery
  • 1955: The City of Newark incorporates
  • 1956: Under the leadership of Wally Pond, Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles and Warm Springs townships combine to form the City of Fremont
  • 1959: The City of Union City Incorporates
  • 1962: Central Park officially opens
  • 1963: General Motors Plant (later NUMMI, and now Tesla) opens
  • 1964: The Pathfinders Day Parade begins, named after John C. Fremont, “The Great Pathfinder”
  • 1969: Lake Elizabeth Officially opens
  • 1972: BART Fremont Station opens
  • 1996: Weibel relocates winery operations to Woodbridge, CA
  • 1998: City of Fremont begins hosting annual 4th of July Parade
  • 2001: Budget cutbacks force City of Fremont to cease hosting annual 4th of July Parade, citizens take over the responsibility of running the parade
  • 2006: Citizens come together to produce "Celebrate Fremont" - a two day event to commemorate Fremont's 50th Anniversary!
  • 2010: Tesla purchases the NUMMI Plant (Originally GM Plant)
  • 2012: Fremont City Council greenlights Fremont's new Downtown Community Plan.
  • 2017: Warms Springs BART station opens
  • 2018: We celebrate Fremont 4th of July Parade's 20th Anniversary!!!

Great local resources

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Children's Natural History Museum

A great local resource for information!

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Washington Township Museum of Local History

Great in depth information and resources!

And the City of Fremont HISTORY PAGE.