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Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historical Park
Near San Francisco Bay, in Richmond
Several historic sites, including a waterfront shipyard, a hospital, child-development centers, and fire stations, comprise this park, which commemorates the homebound workforce and its contributions during World War II. The shipyards, one of 56 war industries in Richmond, were the most productive in the country in the early 1940s. The park especially honors the women, called "Rosies," who joined the wartime effort in great numbers. Minorities and other groups are also recognized. The park was established on October 24, 2000.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto-touring, touring World War II cargo ship, viewing exhibits. Facilities: Exhibits in Richmond City Hall South and in Barbara & Jay Vincent Park, memorial in Marina Bay Park, S.S. Red Oak Victory, observation point. Tips & Hints: This park is under development. Some sites are not open to the public. A temporary visitor center in Richmond City Hall South has exhibits and auto-touring maps.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. S.S. Red Oak Victory suggested donation $5; tours Tues.-Sun., 11-4. Richmond City Hall open weekdays 9-5. Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Bay Park open dawn-dusk. Barbara & Jay Vincent Park open dawn-dusk. At this writing the following park sites are on private property and closed to the public: Atchison Village, Ford Assembly Building, Kaiser Field Hospital, Maritime and Powers Child Development Centers, Shipyard No. 3.
To get to the Rosie Memorial from 1-80, take 1-580 toward Richmond/ San Rafael, then the Marina Bay/S. 23rd St. exit. Turn left onto Marina Bay Pkwy, right onto Regatta Blvd., and left at Melville Sq. to Marina Bay Park.
To get to Richmond City Hall South from 1-80, take 1-580 toward Richmond/San Rafael, then take the Harbour Way exit. Turn left onto Hall Avenue, then right onto Marina Way South. Closest airports: Oakland (12 mi), San Francisco (17 mi).
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park (c/o Richmond City Hall, 1401 Marina Way S, Richmond, CA 94804, tel. 510/232-5050). S.S. Red Oak Victory (c/o Richmond Museum of History, Box 1276, Richmond, CA 94802, tel. 510/ 235-7387 or 510/237-2933 tours).
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