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Walk the Bay Trail to Rosie the Riveter Center's rededication

SS Red Oak Victory ship
SS Red Oak Victory ship
Susan Alcorn

This weekend should be a fun one for you and your entire family at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center in Richmond. On Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. there will be the official rededication, followed by activities for the entire family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can enjoy a scavenger hunt, a WWII-era costume contest, and '40s music and dance. Perhaps best of all, will be the opportunity to see the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center filled with its exhibits of an exciting and colorful time in the Bay Area's history.

You'll also be celebrating the San Francisco Bay Trail's 25th Anniversary. You can try the smart phone audio tour of the National Historical Park sites along the Bay and you can pick up free Bay Trail maps.

Although the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter probably didn't originate in Richmond, CA, the concept—a hardworking woman working in U.S. factories producing "munitions and war supplies"—certainly holds true here. Ten of thousands of women set their aprons aside for much of the Second World War in order to work in Kaiser's Shipyards. Workers in the four Richmond Shipyards produced 747 ships—Victory and Liberty—an astounding record unbeaten before or after.

Zoom in on the Bay Trail map to find out where you can pick up the trail anywhere along its route, or start at the Visitor Center, which is adjacent to the trail and at 414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. For directions to Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center in Richmond, go to

For more information about TRAC (Trails for Richmond Action Committee) and Richmond's sections of the Bay Trail, click here.