Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front
National Historical Park
2000: National Historical Park
About the SiteThis new Park pays homage to all the homefront workers who contributed during World War II. The Park especially honors the women, referred to as "Rosies", who joined the wartime effort in great numbers. This Park comprises several historic sites, including a hospital, a child-development center, a waterfront shipyard, and fire stations. The shipyards were the most productive in the country in the early 1940's.
What You're Going to SeeThis is a very new Park, and the NPS is still working on organizing it. As a matter of fact, they're still figuring out exactly what the focus of the park will be. Another difference between this and other Parks is that the Park Service does not own any of the land or structures involved. Many are in private hands; others are owned by the City of Richmond and Contra Costa County. As of now, there are three areas open for visitation: A World War II cargo ship (the S.S. Red Oak Victory), exhibits in the lobby of Richmond City Hall South, and the actual Memorial in Marina Bay Park.
Personal ObservationsFinally got here in December 2004. This is clearly a Site in Progress, and the Ranger on duty freely admits it. She hopes that the true visitor center will open within three or four years. Until then, they'll have to make do with space begged from the Richmond city government. We first arrived, to get a stamp, on a Sunday. That was my first mistake. The Richmond City government, surprisingly, isn't open on Sunday. So, I got pictures at the Memorial in the Marina Bay Park, and drove back to San Francisco, where I was staying.
Getting ThereAll parts of the Rosie site are in the city of Richmond, California. From San Francisco or Oakland take I-80 north, then take I-580 toward Richmond and San Rafael.
Nearby AttractionsTalk about options. In the San Francisco Bay area alone you'll find Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Fort Point National Historic Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the California coast. North of the Golden Gate Bridge is Muir Woods National Monument and Point Reyes National Seashore.