Introduction to Union City, California
Union City is a California city located in Alameda County, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, 25 miles southeast of Oakland, and 20 miles northwest of San Jose. The city is serviced by California State Highway 84, and is situated close to Interstate I-880. Nearby communities include Fremont and Newark (to the south) and Hayward (to the north).
Many of Union City's early settlers were former gold miners converted to growers of potatoes, fruit, and vegetables. Considered to be the most fertile agricultural land in the state, the area grew in concert with its bountiful produce. By the mid-nineteenth century, Union City had developed into a town claiming several hotels, boarding houses, livery stables, general stores, and gambling saloons. The 20th century saw the proliferation of major industries in the area, leading to the city's incorporation in 1959. Since that time, Union City has experienced steady growth, evolving into the well-rounded community that it is today.
Union City Places of Interest
In addition to having easy access to a wide variety of world class attractions in the San Francisco Bay area, residents and visitors to Union City can enjoy and look forward to some interesting attractions closer to home. The Union City Historical Museum is a repository of documents, research material, and artifacts chronicling the city's history as well as personal histories of notable former residents. Currently under construction in the city's Sugar Mill Landing Park is the San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial. Scheduled for dedication in the spring of 2007, the memorial will be the only one in the state specifically devoted to honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, bound for San Francisco before being hijacked and crashing in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Also currently under construction is the Union City Sports Center, a state-of-the-art 32,000 square-foot recreational facility scheduled to open in early 2007.