Haywards Journals

HAYWARDs JOURNAL HISTORY

1877 THE HAYWARD JOURNAL newspaper founded by Charles Coolridge.
1882 GEORGE OAKES purchased THE HAYWARD JOURNAL from Frank Dallam.

FROM A TOWN TO A CITY

When the town was incorporated on March 11, 1876, it was officially named “Haywards” after the landmark hotel. The “s” was dropped several years later. Hayward’s climate, soil, and perfect location in the heart of the Bay Area have spurred tremendous growth for decades. Following World War II, housing developments began replacing farms and ranches. Between 1950 and 1960, the population increased fivefold from 14,000 to 72,000, and has continued to grow ever since. Today, Hayward is home to the second-most diverse population in California, one of the nation's first annual gay proms, the state's first Japanese garden, and the longest-running Battle of the Bands in America.