Between 1853 and 1964, on the western shore of what is now the city of Hayward, there existed a small rural community. This pictorial history traces the role that this region, which became known as Russell City, played in the development of the East Bay. An annual reunion picnic, begun in 1978, serves as a reminder of the community once built and then tossed to the winds. In the words of the former residents, “The city may be gone, but the memories live on.”
*Join the author for a book signing!
Thursday, September 17 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Hayward Area Historical Society and Museum
22701 Main St. Hayward, CA 94541
Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
11 West Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo, CA 94403
Highlights of Russell City:
• Includes the largest salt production region in the U.S. during the 19th and early 20th centuries
• Features Joel Russell for whom the town was named
• Explores faith-based institutions, which were integral to the residents of Russell City
• Shows Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, and Lowell Fulson, who all played the clubs in Russell City during their respective careers
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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