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ihellahearthayward It's always good to know your roots... and never forget where you came from.

HAYWARD #WaterTower #mural at Burbank Elementary School. Hayward is a melting pot of many different cultures and ethnicities... which makes this city even more fascinating!

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haywardthrives Special delivery: Hayward’s historic post offices.

Top image: Bradford Station, ca. 1939. Bottom: Hayward’s first Post Office building, built 1927.

Hayward’s first post office started in 1856 when President Buchanan appointed William Hayward the town’s first postmaster. The post office was in Hayward’s Hotel, so the town was nicknamed 'Haywards' .

Before long a petition was sent asking that the post office (and therefore the town) be officially named Hayward. United States Postal regulations prohibited naming a post office after a living person, so the town was named "Haywood" instead.

In 1876 the state legislature chartered the city, and it incorporated with the name “Haywards”. In 1911, the city officially changed its name to Hayward.

In the early days, the post office moved around to various storefronts in town. Hayward’s first permanent post office, a brick building at the corner of C and Main St, was built in 1927 by the Eggert family. The building still stands today, next door to Casper’s Hot Dogs. Until recently it was the home of the Hayward Area Historical Society. Today it is a police department substation.

In 1936, a new post office building was constructed on C and Watkins St with WPA funds. This classic Moderne style building still operates as a post office. It is known as Bradford Station, after Harry Bradford, former postmaster of Hayward.

Harry Bradford was born in Hayward in 1886. He graduated from Hayward Union High School in 1905, and worked with his father as a clerk in the post office. During World War I, he served in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he returned to Hayward as the assistant postmaster.

In 1922, President Harding appointed Bradford postmaster of Hayward. He served in that capacity until 1955, when he was appointed city librarian. An avid historian, he was also curator for the Hayward Area Historical Society’s museum.

Hayward has a rich and fascinating history. It carries us forward to the present day and into the future. Don't miss a delivery. Follow @haywardthrives
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  •   travelswith_charlie Love! :) can't wait to share this w my Grampa... though, I'm sure he already knows all this... ;) 3h
  •   haywardthrives @travelswith_charlie Thank you. That is very kind. We hope your grandfather enjoys it, too. We would love to hear his stories about the post office 3h

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haywardthrives There is no greater feeling in the world than feeling at home. As the sun recedes from the sky and the darkness begins to cast its inky shroud, the place we call home takes on a special meaning. It's where we know the lay of the land, where all the signs are comfortingly familiar. It's where we belong.

Tonight, as we settle in for the evening's rest, we lift a glass to our favorite place in the whole wide world. There is no other place like it. The city we love. Always and forever. Hayward is home.

Image by @yannilim. 'Casper's Hot Dogs at dusk, downtown Hayward'
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csuhpat1 Saw this in Downtown Hayward. #510#HaywardCA 23h

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haywardthrives The former Ritz theater in downtown Hayward, circa 1968. The Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt” is showing on the marquee.

The Ritz Theater opened on Mission Blvd in 1946. The single-screen movie house was operated by United Artists. One of only a few theaters in Hayward at the time (along with the Hayward Theater down the street), The Ritz thrived as a feature film house for the better part of thirty years.

The theater was remarkable for its iconic vertical marquee which gave passersby the feeling that the Ritz was a huge movie palace.

Long time locals remember the Ritz as very clean, with a thick carpet and warm interiors. It had padded lodge-style chairs in the back rows and regular theater seating towards the front. Square, mid-century style sconces adorned the walls and a big gold curtain hung across the stage.

The Ritz often offered double features with no intermission between shows. The theater had clocks at the ticket booth showing what time one could expect each film to be over – great for planning your next outing on the Mission Blvd strip.

In the early 1970s, three new multiplex cinemas were built on the west side of town (the Festival, Southland, and Hayward 5 cinemas), drawing most of the customers away. Both the Ritz and the Hayward theaters began to suffer declining attendance.

In 1973, the Ritz stopped showing feature films, and adult film kingpins the Mitchell Brothers took over operation of the theater. It then became an adult film house for the next twelve years until it closed in 1985. It was then converted into a thrift store until the building was demolished in 2002. Today a new health clinic stands on the site.

In 2008, feature films returned to downtown Hayward with the opening of the Cinema Place entertainment and shopping center. Today the area is buzzing with new life. Dozens of new shops and eateries have opened near the Century Theatre in just the past two years.

It’s movie night in Hayward… a city on the rise. It’s a great time to be in Hayward... a city that thrives.
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tangledroutes Repost @toneskeee "History of Hella " @haywardthrives "Hella" is a slang word which has been used in Hayward, California and the surrounding areas since at least the mid-1970s.

Some Bay Area locals claim that the term originated in Hayward. Others claim that it originated in Oakland. Hayward locals commonly refute that, and counter-claim that Oakland locals co-opted the word from Hayward.

In one of the earliest etymological studies of the word and its origins, linguist Mary Bucholtz collated materials from students at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School in 1993. Her research found that the slang term "hella" was 'used among Bay Area (and more specifically Hayward) youth of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds and both genders.

The term's popularity grew over the years, and soon spread beyond the Bay Area to become an integral part of Northern California dialect. The famed Bay Area heavy metal band Metallica was among the earliest celebrities to use the word in music and interviews in the early 1980's. Other celebrities, mainly hip-hop artists, have also used the term in their work.

In the early 1990s, use of the word "hella" spread to the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Popular rap artist Macklemore regularly uses the term in his lyrics, including his 2012 global hit song, 'Thrift Shop.

In 1998, the Halloween episode of the animated television show South Park prominently featured the term "hella," which further boosted its use. A talking doll modeled after one of the show's characters (Cartman) speaks the phrase, "You guys are hella stupid." The doll, now becoming a collector's item, was released in 2006.

Further cementing its international acceptance and status, the word "Hella" was included on the BBC's list of 20 words of the decade (the 2000's). They defined it as, 'An intensive in Youthspeak, generally substituting for the word very.

A true Hayward original, and a national sensation... "Hayward is hella awesome."
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haywardthrives Often imitated, never duplicated. Don't miss the connection. Roll with the real deal. Follow @HaywardThrives.

Image by @the_meltingbear: "BART car at Hayward station.
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toneskeee by @haywardthrives "We hella love Hayward. The real Hayward. All of Hayward. Like if you do too.
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"Hella" is a slang word which has been used in Hayward, California and the surrounding areas since at least the mid-1970s.

Some Bay Area locals claim that the term originated in Hayward. Others claim that it originated in Oakland. Hayward locals commonly refute that, and counter-claim that Oakland locals co-opted the word from Hayward.

In one of the earliest etymological studies of the word and its origins, linguist Mary Bucholtz collated materials from students at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School in 1993. Her research found that the slang term "hella" was 'used among Bay Area (and more specifically Hayward) youth of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds and both genders.

The term's popularity grew over the years, and soon spread beyond the Bay Area to become an integral part of Northern California dialect. The famed Bay Area heavy metal band Metallica was among the earliest celebrities to use the word in music and interviews in the early 1980's. Other celebrities, mainly hip-hop artists, have also used the term in their work.

In the early 1990s, use of the word "hella" spread to the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Popular rap artist Macklemore regularly uses the term in his lyrics, including his 2012 global hit song, 'Thrift Shop.

In 1998, the Halloween episode of the animated television show South Park prominently featured the term "hella," which further boosted its use. A talking doll modeled after one of the show's characters (Cartman) speaks the phrase, "You guys are hella stupid." The doll, now becoming a collector's item, was released in 2006.

Further cementing its international acceptance and status, the word "Hella" was included on the BBC's list of 20 words of the decade (the 2000's). They defined it as, 'An intensive in Youthspeak, generally substituting for the word very.

A true Hayward original, and a national sensation... "Hayward is hella awesome."
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haywardthrives Hayward's shoreline is awash in treasure... Vast fortunes were once made here from crystals drying in the sun.

Top image: The historic Alden Oliver home on Hesperian Blvd at Tennyson.
Bottom image: Aerial view of salt water colors at the former Oliver Salt Works.

For many years the Hayward bayshore supported a booming sea salt industry. One of the oldest producers in Hayward was Oliver Salt Works.

In the mid-1800's, a Swedish immigrant named Andrew Oleson came to Hayward. He bought over 2,000 acres of land along the bay in what was then known as Mt. Eden.

He changed his last name to Oliver to distinguish himself from other Swedes with the same name and started his salt production business. By 1872 it was harvesting 100 tons of salt per year in huge evaporation ponds along the bay shore.

The Oliver Salt Works continued to grow, and by the 1920's it was one of the largest solar salt producers in the area. The salt was mostly used by the fishing industry in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

In 1927, the Oliver Salt Works was bought by the giant Leslie Salt Company. Andrew Oliver's son, Alden, wanted to get into the family business but could not buy it out at the time.

Alden went to college and when he returned in 1936 he purchased another smaller salt operation with his brother Adolph.

The new business was located just north of the original Oliver Salt Works. The new site happened to be where Hayward's first salt company was started in 1854 by a man named John Johnson. When the Olivers purchased the land in 1936 it had been unused for several years.

The Oliver brothers dredged the ponds and built a plant to process the crystallized salt. They produced 2,000 tons in their first year.

The family continued to own and operate the business through the 1970's, and produced up to 9,000 tons of salt per year, mostly used for pickle brine and water softeners.

Alden Oliver died in 1993. He left half of his estate to the Hayward Area Historical Society. The $11 million endowment was intended to ensure the historical society's operations and legacy for generations to come.
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  •   haywardthrives @pinsslay We suggest you check with the Hayward Area Historical Society @haywardareahistory. They may know how to reach the remaining family members. 2d
  •   friggin_beto There's a statue of Andrew Oleson in the park behind the estate. I'm not sure if it was my friend Brandon (#RIP) or @willathethrilla, but one of them tried to fight the statue OF Andrew Oleson/Oliver while being completely intoxicated. Just felt like sharing that LOL 2d
  •   haywardthrives @friggin_beto That's a funny story. Thanks for sharing it. 2d
  •   elbah510 My mom was friends with the housekeeper Lupe. I remember visiting the home as a kid in the 80's. Running up and down the stairs and discovering the secret "help" stairs was pretty cool. 2d
  •   haywardthrives @elbah510 What a nice recollection. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of the house. 2d
  •   friggin_beto @pinsslay That's awesome 2d
  •   73custom Thanks for all you do in Hayward movement! @haywardthrives 2d
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haywardthrives It's another beautiful day in the heart of the Bay. Go outdoors and enjoy this gorgeous winter sun. Don't forget to bring a friend.

We hella love Hayward. The real Hayward. All of Hayward. We are all Hayward, all positive, all the time. Enjoying all the good things Hayward has to offer. Rolling proud in the best little city by the bay. We are @haywardthrives.

Image by @calimali_124
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haywardthrives Riding the rails... the track of history takes us forward… in Hayward.

Image by @haywardareahistory: Horse-drawn streetcar line on B St at Castro St (now Mission Blvd) circa 1900.

Back in the day before superhighways, when railroads were king and automobiles were a rare extravagance, streetcars were the transit of choice in town. In those days, independent streetcar companies served the neighborhoods of Hayward.

One of the first was the Hayward Horse Car Transit Company, founded in 1891. Their open-sided streetcars were drawn by horse on rails. The track ran along the center of B St from Fourth St to the Southern Pacific Depot at Hunt’s Cannery. A spur track led down Main Street to the famous Hayward’s Hotel on A and Main.

Today the modest century-old homes on B St between Watkins St and Cannery Park mark the remnants of the streetcar route. It’s lined on both sides with glorious, 100-foot tall sycamore trees which date back to the era of streetcars in Hayward.

In 1902 the line was absorbed into the consolidated Key System, the dominant system in the East Bay. (When the Bay Bridge was first built, the lower level had Key System trains for carrying travelers across the bay.) In 1909, the Hayward horse drawn cars were abandoned in favor of electric streetcars.

Another early streetcar company was the Haywards Street Rail founded in 1892 by prominent landowner H.W. Meek. Its streetcars ran along present-day Mission Blvd. The system connected Hayward to Oakland and San Leandro with 15 miles of track and a spur line to San Lorenzo.

This streetcar line also was taken over by the Key System in 1901. The entire Key System abandoned rails in favor of roads in the mid-1930s, and converted most of the routes to buses.

Today, as we marvel at the stately, slightly faded beauty of historic tree-lined B Street, few realize that horse-drawn streetcars once traveled along the center of the roadway, beneath these very same trees.

The footprints of history are all around us... you can still see them if you know where to look... in Hayward.
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rl.castaneda Century Theaters in Hayward
By far my favorite movie theater to go to. Short lines, plenty of parking, good service, and many dinning choices within walking distance.
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FujiX100T|25"|f16|ISO 100|Velvia
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