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December 12, 2006 > Try it, you’ll like it

Try it, you’ll like it

As a part of the year-long celebration of Fremont’s 50th birthday, a Heritage Team, chaired by Al Minard, conceived a series of monthly bus tours highlighting places of historical interest. Minard noted that in keeping with the historic theme, these tours use a 1958 GMC bus restored by “one of only three bus museums in the entire country.”

A companion booklet was produced identifying 160 sites covered by four different bus tours. The final tours, and possibly the last two Celebrate Fremont public events, roll out Saturday, December 16. A morning tour will feature Mission San Jose and Warm Springs districts while the afternoon is scheduled for Irvington district. Each tour is approximately two hours in length.

At the December 5 meeting of the Fremont City Council, Minard invited councilmembers and senior staff to come along on one of the final tours, noting that they have been conspicuously absent so far. This is also an opportunity for citizens of all ages to learn more about their community. As an enticement, one of many letters sent to the team was read to the council by Minard.

Written by David, a third grade student at Parkmont Elementary School, Minard says, “It pretty well says what I have been trying to say for eleven and a half months.”

David’s letter reads:

Yesterday we went on a bus tour which was guided by Mr. Minard, a Fremont historian. Our first stop was an old Pioneer Cemetery. It was more than 100 years old! Next to it was an English school for the Japanese. Our next stop was an old bank that is now a beauty parlor called Rudy’s Beauty Parlor. Inside there is a gigantic vault that used to hold money/gold but now holds hair dye! Not far from there we saw a broken house called “The Women’s Township.” Then we saw the Mattos House which contained a tennis court, a swimming pool, and 13 driveways!!!

Next we saw the Fremont Main Library (Alameda County Library) which many people know of. After that, we saw a mill and tankhouse which was the place people got water long ago. Then, right next to the railroad we drove along a street called “Highway 9” that used to be a highway. Then we entered the Niles district which was where we saw the Niles Jailhouse that’s now State Farm Insurance. The fascinating thing is that the building no matter what anybody does, will never burn down and the police/sheriff use to live right next to the jailhouse! Last of all, we saw a(n) old called Shinn House. I had fun on the bus tour. If you take it, you’re sure to like it!!!

Fremont Heritage Tours
Saturday, December 16
10:30 a.m. (Mission San Jose, Warm Springs)
1 p.m. (Irvington)
Boarding location: Niles Blvd. & ‘I’ Street (Niles District)
Fares: Per passenger, $20; students & seniors $15; 4-pack, $60; family pack, $50; young friends (one adult and one child under 18), $25; additional youth, $5.

“Our City, Fremont: A Photo Tour” booklet covering all districts information and routes is $5.00.

For more information, visit or call (510) 790-9352.

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