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San Leandro: 04/28/12
My local library branch has a great selection of local history books. One of the books I recently read was San Leandro by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons.
San Leandro is to the north west of where I live. It's a small city tucked up against the unicorporated neighborhoods of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo and the cities of Hayward and Oakland.
While I know that backyard farming, including raising chickens, still goes on in San Leandro, I hadn't appreciated it's rich agricultural past. The city at one point was the cherry capital of California and that's reflected still on the city's seal.
Along with the agriculture, San Leandro was also the home of Holt tractors which became Caterpillar. Holt's machines were instrumental in the construction of a number of local landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge.