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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. In 1892, development of the Mare Island Golf Club began, making it the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi.
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  • The island is great to explore and hike around, there is also a golf place and a wine tasting place. I like hiking at the Preserve area, the people is very nice and you have a great view.  more »
  • Mare Island preserve is an undiscovered place. Not crowded and you are left alone to wander. There is a paved road going up the hill where you are rewarded with a view of the North Bay, the Vallejo wa...  more »
  • The osprey watch festival opened my eyes to the Preserve and its trails on the southeast side of Mare island. The gate is typically open on Fri, Sat, and Sun for walking, birding, etc. At the opposite...  more »
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