North Bay (San Francisco Bay Area)
The North Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, United States. The largest city is Santa Rosa. It is by far the least populous and least urbanized part of the Bay Area. It consists of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.
The North Bay is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge and to the East Bay by the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (usually called either the Richmond Bridge or San Rafael Bridge), and the Carquinez Bridge, which crosses the San Pablo Bay between Benicia and Martinez. Several ferry routes operate between the North Bay and San Francisco, from terminals located in Sausalito, Tiburon, Larkspur, and Angel Island. Commuter rail service from Fairfield to Sacramento and Oakland is provided by Amtrak on its Capitol Corridor (Amtrak) line.
The area is said to have been covered by Pomo Native Americans before European intervention. The Russians first settled the area at Fort Ross as a fur-trading post, but the area was later settled by the Spanish-Mexican Alta California. The Bear Flag Revolt took place in the town of Sonoma, which is also the location of the last of the California Missions. General Mariano Vallejo, the last secretary to the Governor of California before its annexation to the United States, kept his home in Sonoma; his ranch, now a National Historic Location, was located in nearby Petaluma.
The North Bay remained isolated and rural well into the 20th Century. The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s transformed Marin County from a dairy farming region into an upscale suburban area. Until the 1990s, the region's growth was at a gradual pace, with significant restrictions on development being imposed in Marin and Napa Counties in the 1970s. (Future Senator Barbara Boxer was an important figure in the North Bay's open space preservation movement.)
The largest city in the North Bay is Santa Rosa. Other major cities include:
- ^ "North bay voters back commuter rail — finally". San Francisco business Times. Wednesday, November 5, 2008. http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2008/11/03/daily74.html. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
North Beach, San Francisco, California — North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown and Fisherman s Wharf. It has a primarily Italian flavor. North Beach is sheltered from ocean breezes by Russian Hill to the west and often enjoys sunny days… … Wikipedia
North Beach, San Francisco — Coordinates: 37°48′1.04″N 122°24′36.66″W / 37.8002889°N 122.4101833°W / 37.8002889; 122.4101833 … Wikipedia
North Beach (San Francisco) — 37° 48′ 01″ N 122° 24′ 37″ W / 37.800289, 122.410183 … Wikipédia en Français
North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area — Located within 11 counties in the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta of California, North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area consists of conservation easements acquired on privately owned wetlands (primarily waterfowl… … Wikipedia
San Francisco Bay Area — Bay Area redirects here. For other uses, see Bay Area (disambiguation). Not to be confused with San Francisco Bay Area Combined Statistical Area. San Francisco Bay Area Common name: San Fran … Wikipedia
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park — San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park … Wikipedia
San Francisco (United States) — Hotels: Argent Hotel San Francisco (City: Downtown Union Square) Argonaut Hotel San Francisco (Fisherman s Wharf) Beresford Arms Hotel San Francisco (Central Location) Beresford Hotel San Francisco (City: Downtown Union Square) … International hotels
San Francisco Bay Area freeways — The San Francisco Bay Area possesses an extensive freeway system, most of them are interstate highways. [ [http://www.cahighways.org/maps sf fwy.html San Francisco Bay Area historical maps] ] List of freewaysTrans bay crossings*Interstate 80 The… … Wikipedia
San Francisco — San Franciscan. /san freuhn sis koh, fran / a seaport in W California, on San Francisco Bay: earthquake and fire 1906; United Nations Conference 1945. 678,974. * * * City (pop., 2000: 776,733) and port, northern California, U.S. San Francisco… … Universalium
San Francisco Giants — 2012 San Francisco Giants season Established 1883 Based in San Francisco since 1958 … Wikipedia