at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park
in Richmond, CA
Between 1941 and 1945, the four Kaiser shipyards here produced 747 ships (519 Liberty ships, 15 landing ship tanks, 142 Victory ships, 35 troop transports, 24 small Liberty ships, and 12 frigates)—more than any other location. This unusual urban national park known as Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park is dedicated to the effort here during World War II on the civilian home front. If you’re wondering why Richmond, the town has a deep-water harbor and a plentiful work force. And it is interesting to know that the oldest ranger in the National Park Service— a 92-year-old woman, Betty Reid Soskin--works here.
●Visitor Center Daily 10-5. Begin your visit by viewing “Home Front Heroes,” a short and extremely interesting film about Richmond during World War II. Be sure to take a guess about what is in the Rosie lunch box at the check-in area. Real life Rosies are sometimes available to chat with. I had the good fortune to meet and hear stories from 90-year-old Rosie Mary Torres, who worked here as a journeyman welder from 1943 to 1945.
|Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA
A Celebration of American Rhone Wines is sometimes scheduled. The Rhone Rangers is the leading national organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone wines. More than 90 winery members will pour.
|Assemble Restaurant in Richmond, CA
●Rosie the Riveter Memorial
|Red Oak Victory Liberty Ship in Richmond, CA