Population: 224,922 (2013)
Incorporated as a city: 1956
Visitors to Fremont shouldn’t miss:
- The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, the former site of the Niles Essanay Studios where Broncho Billy and Charlie Chaplin made films in the 1910s. It is dedicated to preserving and showing silent films and their history.
- Olive Hyde Art Guild, a community owned art gallery, which circulates through seven different exhibits per year.
- Fremont Central Park, a massive 450-acre area centered about an 83-acre man made lake. Great for walking, picnics, or casual sports.
- Aqua Adventure, a family-oriented water park featuring slides, pools, and picnic areas.
- The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 50 years since its inception, provides low-cost performances to those who want to enjoy classical music in a local setting.
Major companies with presence in Fremont:
- Tesla Motors (Service Headquarters)
- Lam Research Corporation (Headquarters)
- Ikanos Communications (Headquarters)
Notable current and former Fremont residents:
- MC Hammer
- Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born American novelist, author of best-selling novel “The Kite Runner”.
- Dennis Eckersley, Hall of Fame MLB pitcher. He was the first of two pitchers to have achieved both a 20-win season and a 50-save season.
- Don Hertzfeld, Academy-Award nominated animator, whose short film “Rejected” was the only short film recognized by Salon.com as one of the “Films of the Decade”.
- Fremont was named after John C. Frémont, a member of California’s first Senate delegation.
- The city is the closest city in the East Bay to Silicon Valley and provides and important bridge between the two communities, notably in technological research.
- Fremont traces its history back to 1797, when Spanish missionaries founded Mission San José, later the name of one of five communities that unified to form the City of Fremont.
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