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Hayward, CA

Hayward is a city located in the East Bay in Alameda County. The sixth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is one of the larger suburbs of Oakland. The estimated population as of 2007 is 155,312, which includes me, the wife and the pets.

Hayward, originally known as 'Haywards', is named for William Hayward, a worker from a New England shoe factory who came to California in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. After spending several frustrating years in the gold fields, Hayward returned to the Bay Area. He squatted on Guillermo Castro's ranch near Palomares Canyon for a while until Castro invited him to his home to discuss his trepassing. Hayward soon bought 40 acres of Castro's land close to Castro's home, at present day A and Main Streets, which he used to establish a store and post office. He petitioned the US Postal Service to name the post office Hayward's, but because an office cannot be named after a living person, the name was changed to Haywood.

Hayward is the birthplace of the following famous folks: Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, WWE wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Washington Nationals catcher Johnny Estrada and Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh.

Hayward Japanese Garden
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Hayward City Hall in HDR Hayward City Hall - Hayward, CA View of Hayward water tower from my balcony Hayward Fire Department - Hayward, CA
All Saints Catholic Church - Hayward, CA Hayward City Hall in HDR - Hayward, CA View of Hayward from my balcony Hayward City Hall - Hayward, CA Hayward City Hall - Hayward, CA
Stairs down from the parking structure across the street from Hayward City Hall The old Hayward City Hall - Hayward, CA Hayward City Hall in HDR Hayward Fire Department - Hayward, CA The old Hayward City Hall - Hayward, CA