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June 10, 2009 > Chinatown and ghosts in Union City?

Chinatown and ghosts in Union City?

Submitted By Helen Kennedy

Although Union City was incorporated 50 years ago when the towns of Alvarado and Decoto united, Alvarado's history goes back another 100 years. It was created by the merging of three even smaller communities known as Union City, New Haven and Alvarado.

A free walking tour of the district is a must-see part of Union City's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Tim Swenson, chairman of the 50th Anniversary Historical Committee, leads the excursion. Stopping at historic buildings along the way, he will share the fascinating stories of Chinatown gambling dens, a bordello, and buildings that housed saloons, cobblers and a blacksmith shop. See the 1940s Alvarado fire house, the 1862 site of St. Anne's Church, the marker where Alameda County's first courthouse was located in 1853, and the site where Alvarado Grammar School was built in 1878, and more. There's even a ghost named Sam.

A tour booklet is included in this trip through local history, which begins at the Union City Historical Museum.

Alvarado Walking Tour
Saturday, June 13
1p.m. - 2 p.m.
Union City Historical Museum
3841 Smith St., Union City

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