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Union City History

In 1850, entrepreneurs John and William Horner built a settlement in an oasis-like portion of the Bay Area.


The settlement was named Union City, after the Horner’s’ steamboat, “The Union”. The settlement began to fill out during the Gold Rush, when disappointed gold miners discovered that Union City’s fertile soil was ideal for farming. Over the next 50 years, many thriving industries grew around the area, including salt manufacturers, beet sugar factories and flourmills.

Union City has survived several threats, including the 1906 earthquake and incorporation by neighboring towns. Young families looking for a safe and friendly community have swelled the ranks of the city to over 70,000. Retail and cultural centers, have been constructed, and the city is now one of the most ethnically diverse in the Bay Area. In 1999, the National Civic League named Union City an All-America City, honoring the hard work that has helped make this town so great.

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