Fremont CA was originally founded as one of the California missions by the Spanish Court and Church in 1797, The area changed with the arrival of the explorer John Charles Fremont who visited the area in 1846, and the town is named after him. Frequently referred to as the Great Pathfinder because of his many discoveries while exploring.
Fremont mapped the trail that eventually brought early American settlers into the area.
Shortly after his arrival, gold was discovered and the California gold rush of the 1850′s was on.
This event led to the rapid growth of the area. The mild California climate was perfect for crops, and agriculture became the center of economic growth. The Niles section of Fremont saw the arrival of the railroad, which brought even more settlers to the area.
The early 1900′s saw the Niles area become home to the earliest motion picture industry in California. One of the most famous examples, the Tramp with Charlie Chaplin, was filmed here. There are still areas of Niles that house early film memorabilia, and there are many visitors who check them out.
Fremont, CA was not incorporated as a city until the late date of 1956., and is now the 4th largest city in the Bay area and the largest city close to Silicon Valley. The Fremont of today is a true melting pot of cultural diversity. Fremont has sister cities in Australia, the Azores, India, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and Portugal. This fact helps explain the existence of many foreign cuisines being found in the city.