Located on the north-eastern shore of San Pablo Bay is Vallejo, the largest city in Solano County. It was named after General Mariano Guadalupe and currently hosts a population of 116 760.
There are several major cities offering employment centers close by, such as Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek/Concord and the Tri Valley area. These places are easily accessible through the current transportation system.
There are several important highways that run close to the city, such as the State Highways 29 and 37, as well as the Interstate Highways 80 and 780. These highways make it extremely easy for those who work in the major cities nearby to get there and back. The Vallejo Bay Link Ferry, which takes less then an hour to move from Vallejo to San Francisco, is used by over 2000 people per day. The Union Pacific provides rail freight service, and Vallejo Transit provides bus connections to the Bay Area Rapid Transit System and service across town.
There are a couple of private airports in the surrounding area, which include facilities at Napa County Airport and Buchanan Field in Concord. Within 50 miles there are three main commercial airports, which include Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento. Shipping opportunities for businesses are vast, with ports located in Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento, and San Francisco ,.
The oldest naval base west of Mississippi used to be located on Mare Island. Since its decommission in 1996, new houses have been planned and built on it’s previous location. Touro University, which is located on the south side of the island, is planning on opening a state of the art cancer research facility. One economic plan of Vallejo is to revitalize Mare Island, which will be done by the construction of new neighbourhoods. There is plenty of rich history as well as an abundance of national historic landmarks located here, none the least of which is the one of the nations oldest decommissioned shipyard and naval bases. Along with these, there is also a 19th century brick industrial warehouse and a couple of coal shed artist studios. A couple of other notable historic landmarks are the Officers mansions, Alden Park and Chapel Park (designated historic landscapes), and the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi. Finally, the Saint Peters Chapel, which was built in 1901, houses the largest collection of stain-glass windows made by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
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