At Estes Orthodontics, our Orthodontists and staff are proud to provide quality orthodontic services to many cities in our area, including Richmond. Our beloved city of Richmond is located 16 miles northeast of San Francisco on the western shore of Contra Costa County.
Richmond was incorporated on August 7, 1905, and became a charter city on March 24, 1909. Our city is best known for its unique history and role in the World War II home front effort.
Between 1940 and 1945, tens of thousands of workers from all over the country streamed into the City to support wartime industries.
The City was home to four Kaiser shipyards that housed the most productive wartime shipbuilding operations of World War II, launching 747 ships during the war. The City was also home to approximately 55 war-related industries – more than any other city of its size in the United States. Today, the City is an important oil refining, industrial, commercial, transportation, shipping, and government center.
As you can see, our city is unique and rich in history, playing a significant and nationally recognized role in World War II. Whether you are a local, like us, or are in Richmond visiting, one thing is for sure there are many things to do, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to explore this city.
Let’s take a look at some sights that can’t be missed next time you are in town.
Explore the waterfront; If you’re a hiker, biker, or photographer, the Richmond Bay Trail is the perfect place for you. The Richmond Bay Trail has amazing panoramic views of the Bay Area. The trail makes up a chunk of what will eventually be a continuous 500-mile network around the San Pablo and San Francisco Bays.
We already told you a bit of the history that helps make Richmond unique, aside from nationally recognized. So, while you’re on the waterfront, check out the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park. History buffs will also want to see the restored SS Red Oak Victory, a World War II cargo ship that is now a museum. There are regular tour hours listed online, and historic WWII films are slated to be screened onboard the ship once a month. While visiting this historical park, remember that more ships were constructed in the Richmond Shipyards than anywhere else in the country, and Richmond is immensely proud of its naval history. Enjoy!
Want to see sailboats and sealions drifting by while you enjoy a glass of wine? Then Riggers Loft Wine Company is the perfect place for you! Urban winemaking at its best, the Riggers Loft Wine Company is one of Richmond’s most renowned wineries, cideries, tasting rooms, and collective wine bars. It is one of the most beautiful places on the bay to enjoy wine and food. As if that wasn’t enough, you will also be able to see dream-like views of San Francisco while sipping on some of the best vino in the country.
If you are a movie buff but prefer foreign films over Hollywood blockbusters, the Magick Lantern is a single-screen art cinema in Point Richmond. This cinema shows classic, documentary, indie, and foreign films. There’s room for only about 40 people; seating includes a smattering of beanbag chairs in the front row at the limited showings from Thursday through Sunday. The most popular night is Thursday when Magick Lantern screens a free classic film at 7:30 p.m.
Are you a caffeine buff? The Catahoula Coffee Company is the place you have been looking for. No visit to Richmond is complete without stopping by the Bay Area’s award-winning roastery, the Catahoula Coffee Company. Local and independent, the cozy cafe is a wonderful place to get together with friends and family for good coffee and good conversation. They only work with local farmers, and you can taste the unique flavor of Richmond-style coffee in every sip. If feeling like a local is your thing, even better.
This cafe is constantly hosting community events that everyone can participate in; these include art fairs, free java tastings, farmers’ markets, car shows, and musical performances.
The Craneway Pavilion
The Craneway Pavilion is one of Richmond’s iconic event venues and has been the site of many of the area’s most prominent concerts, productions, and other festivities. The renowned world-class space spans over 45,000 square feet and is sustainably designed in a central location. While attending events at the pavilion, you’ll find yourself right on the waterfront surrounded by breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay. In addition to concerts and productions, the Craneway Pavilion also hosts several expos, art shows, and public festivals for people to enjoy.
Are you feeling like a local yet? Don’t worry; we know it’s a lot to sink in and visit. While enjoying one of the many history-filled sites, or fantastic food and wine, don’t forget the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene.
During your trip to Richmond make sure you visit a trusted orthodontist in case you need orthodontic care or if you are looking for Invisalign or ceramic braces in Richmond.