Rich History and Culture

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Rich History and Culture

Livermore, known as the oldest wine region in California, was founded in 1869 by William Mendenhall and named after Robert Livermore.  Livermore (pop. 83,604) encompasses twenty-two square miles and is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area; the gateway to the Central Valley.  Contributing to the development of the city, Livermore is a good location to grow wine grapes due to its Mediterranean climate-warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.  The city is framed by award winning wineries, located mainly in the South Livermore district, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley's western heritage.

As home to renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore is a technological hub and an academically engaged community.  It has become an integral part of the Bay Area, successfully competing in the global market powered by its wealth of research, technology and innovation.

Livermore's arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine industry provide a unique blend to this special community.  Historic Downtown Livermore is being preserved while revitalizing the economic and cultural present into a preeminent shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural district.  This reestablishment includes a 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center, which enriches the community as well as promotes Livermore as a vibrant and stimulating environment for everyone.  With the addition of several residential projects, art/live workspace, and a pedestrian-oriented environment, the City is establishing an active urban living experience in the Valley.

The City of Livermore's Planning Division will be able to provide you with more information about Livermore's history and downtown preservation efforts.