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Fremont History, California

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The history of this beautiful region called Fremont can be best described by discussing all its phases of developments. This place is well famed for its rich cultural heritage and the time periods which have its own historical significances and those phases are as follows-

The Ohlone people- these people were ancestors of Ohlone tribe in Fremont.

“Mission San Jose” which went on in the time period of 1797 to 1836 and was meant to turn Ohlones into catholic and feed working skills in them so as to supplement the development of Fremont

 “The Rancho Era 1836 - 1848” in which rancho land was gifted to the soldiers when Mexico won freedom from Spain

 “The Pioneer Era 1848 - 1860” in which American pioneers came in Fremont and promoted intense agricultural business, industry and marketing

The history of the Fremont area was recorded from 9 June, 1797 when Fermin de Lasuen, the Spaniard father founded the mission san Jose. This mission was recognized at Ohlone village in Oroysome. As the San Jose mission progressed, the population of the place increased to 1886 inhabitants in the year 1831. In the year 1834, Mexican government enacted secularization in Fremont which ended the San Jose mission.

In 1846 john C. Fremont (whose last name was used as the name Fremont) visited Fremont. The most renowned and influential family in the late colonial era of fremont was that of the family of Don Jose de Jesus Vallejo who was brother of Mariano Vallejo. The family of Don José de Jesus Vallejo owned an extremely large worker’s hut and established a flour mill. The wonderful region of Fremont noticed maximum development in the era of gold rush as agriculture dominated the economy of this place because of the increase in nursery plants, olive and grapes which were registered as the leading crops in the history of Fremont.

The historical facts related to Fremont suggest that this city was built in the year 1956 by union of five towns which united together to form this city. History says that industrial revolution took place in Fremont amid the years 1950s and 1960s. The largest employer in the early Fremont was “the general motors automotive industry plant” and Fremont was popularly known for producing drag strip. The high tech employment in Fremont boomed in the 1980s when partnership was made by Toyota and general motors and the joint venture was named NUMMI and this high tech boom lead to fast development of Fremont.

In 1868, an earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes destroyed many of the buildings throughout Fremont which ruined the San Jose mission and its outbuildings. Another earthquake came in the year 1906 and destroyed the Palmdale winery which was considered the largest in California. The historical significance of Fremont also lies in the fact that California’s motion picture industry was earlier established in the Niles subdivision of Fremont. The renowned comedy actor Charlie Chaplin filmed many of his movies including “The Tramp” in Fremont.

                
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