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Mare Island, Vallejo

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Mare Island is a peninsula in the United States in the city of Vallejo, California, about 23mi northeast of San Francisco. The Napa River forms its eastern side as it enters the Carquinez Strait juncture with the east side of San Pablo Bay. Mare Island is considered a peninsula because no full body of water separates this or several other named "islands" from the mainland. Instead, a series of small sloughs cause seasonal water-flows among the so-called islands. Mare Island is the largest of these at about 3.5mi long and a mile wide.HistoryIn 1775, Spanish explorer Perez Ayala was the first European to land on what would become Mare Island - he named it Isla de la Plana. This area was part of Rancho Suscol, deeded to General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in 1844. It became a waypoint for early settlers. In 1835, whilst traversing the Carquinez Strait, a crude ferry transporting men and livestock capsized in a squall. Among the livestock feared lost in the wreckage was the prized white mare of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Mexican Commandante for Northern California. Several days later, General Vallejo's mare was found on the island, having swum ashore. Grateful for the fortunate turn of events, he renamed the island to Isla de la Yegua, Spanish for Mare Island, in her honor.
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  • While there are a lot of interesting old buildings here, unfortunately it's not possible to walk around or take pictures because the private security guards hassle you (even outside of the areas that ...  more »
  • From our home in Vallejo, my wife and I make frequent visits to Mare Island, With it's wealth of beautiful historic architecture, dating to the 1850's it is a Historical Architecture fan and Photograp...  more »
  • Wandering around Mare Island, no matter what part of the island you choose to explore, is always an adventure. If you keep your eyes open, there are opportunities to learn about US Naval history, natu...  more »