Preserving Sites And Artifacts
Richmond contains more intact WWII Home Front sites than any other place in the U.S. It has been designated as "flagship" site for telling the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front story because visitors can explore a wealth of sites that bring this history alive across the cityscape.
In sleepy Richmond, a town of 20,000 on the San Francisco Bay waterfront, a behemoth of innovation came alive as more than 100,000 people migrated overnight to the city to seek better jobs and support the war effort. Home to a massive WII industrial scale-up which epitomized the national war effort, Richmond led in outstanding feats of shipbuilding, worker production, and employer innovations that established model social support programs for workers, including childcare and pre-paid health plans.
Restored and new sites that can be visited include the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, the Oil House Visitor Center, the beautiful Ford Assembly Plant designed by Albert Kahn, the historic Maritime Childcare Center, the Red Oak Victory ship and the Whirley Crane, as well as many trailside displays at the Port, along the Bay Trail and on MacDonald Avenue. Non-restored areas contain wartime worker housing, a hospital, and other landmarks from this era. See the Park Map to plan your trip. The best place to start is the Visitor Center, open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas- Dec. 25th, and New Year's Day).