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Creating a legacy for tomorrow by cherishing our past and
connecting with our present

Tour Offers Sentimental Journey
Monthly rides feature memories of historic city neighborhoods

Fremont Argus
February 20, 2006

FREMONT During the first Celebrate Fremont Heritage Tour held last month, visitors not only took in the city's sights but also shared their personal stories and knowledge of the city's past.

For Nydia Estrada, a longtime Fremont resident who assists with the bus tours, it was a prime example of why locals should "get on the bus and discover Fremont."

"We were sharing a lot (of memories) back and forth," Estrada said. "We wouldn't have learned that history anywhere else."

The two-hour tours are being led by volunteers and are held once in the morning and once in the afternoon on the third Saturday of each month (except February, March and August, when it takes place on the fourth Saturday). The tours explore and give historical facts about the city's five original districts:

  • Centerville.

  • Irvington.

  • Mission San Jose.

  • Niles.

  • Warm Springs

The tour takes visitors into those neighborhoods, on which a brief history then is given.

"Each one has its own distinct characteristics," Estrada said. "From the beginning, the city had a lot of different people and cultures."

Volunteer tour guides inform participants about Fremont's origins in the mid-20th century, when it was a sleepy town of 22,000 people in 1956. But they also give information about the Fremont of today, which has a population of more than 210,000. The tour includes visits to more-modern sights such as the Thai Temple and its garden, where people are encouraged to visit and meditate.

Organizers are creating a history book of the bus tour's highlights that soon will be available for purchase, Estrada said.

Until then, the Celebrate Fremont Heritage team volunteers will be helping people discover, or rediscover, the influences and history that made the city what it is today.

"I've been in Fremont for 28 years and I'm still learning about it," Estrada said. "I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be."

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