Union City was incorporated in 1959 but its history begins much earlier. The first residents of the area were the Ohlone Indians, followed by Mexican rancheros. The first European settlers, John and William Horner, arrived in 1850. They gave Union City its name after their steam ship, The Union. Many of the city's early residents were unsuccessful gold miners turned farmers. Growing potatoes, fruit and other vegetables proved more profitable and less dangerous than mining for gold as Union City had what was considered to be the most fertile land in the state. In 1853, Alameda County was formed from part of Contra Costa County and part of Santa Clara County. Union City continued to flourish; industries included the Alvarado Salt Works, Turk Island Salt Works, Gold Medal Flour, California Beet Sugar Company, Standard Sugar Company, and Pacific States Steel Company. The Union City Historical Museum preserves the city's history by recording oral histories, building preservation, as well as collecting and displaying artifacts, historical documents and books.
There are plenty of places to visit in and around Union City, including the Oakland Museum of California, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, California Academy of Sciences, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Golden Gate Park, Mission San Francisco de Asis, Mission San Jose, the Lick Observatory, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium, the Winchester Mystery House, Japan Center, San Francisco Zoo, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Alcatraz Island, Casa Peralta, and the Tech Museum of Innovation.
Professional sporting teams in the area include the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks, and the San Jose Earthquakes.
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