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News of gold found in California brought in
An old estate map marks the land of early settlers.
discovery of gold in California on January 24, 1848 by James Marshall
at Sutter's Mill created a stampede of people to the area.
Don Castro met William Hayward living at the mouth of the Palomares Canyon, where Rowell Ranch is now located. Hayward was lured from San Francisco by stories of the rich East Bay territory.
After Castro pointed out he was
trespassing, the two eventually became friends. Finding that Hayward had skills in cattle ranching, Castro suggested
that Hayward relocate to what is now known as Hayward. Castro sold him
56 acres of land, and Hayward built the first house at what was to become
know as 'A' Street. "Haywards" become a flourishing town,
noted for its orchards and promoted as a "resort" for visitors from Oakland
and San Francisco.
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