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Livermore, California

The Livermore Valley was originally settled by Costonoan Indians. During the Spanish era the Livermore region was part of Mission San Jose.

Livermore, California was established in 1869 by William Mendenhall who laid the town next to the railroad. It was named for Robert Livermore, an English sailor who settled in the area in 1835. Robert Livermore married Josefa Higuera Molina in 1838. Their home was the Rancho Las Positas which encompassed much of the present day city.

Livermore was the largest and fastest growing city in the region for many years. For much of its history, Livermore has been an agricultural community. Vineyards and ranches continue within and around the city today.  

The Livermore Rodeo began in 1918 to raise funds for the Red Cross during World War I. The Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Association has brought rodeo to Livermore for 77 years.

World War II brought significant changes to the region with the introduction of an air field and a major military base. In 1952, the University of California established what is now called the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to do research on nuclear energy.

Postwar Livermore has grown into an attractive suburban community where high tech industries are increasingly visible.


City of Livermore
Livermore Chamber of Commerce
Livermore School District
Livermore  Demographics
Livermore  Winegrowers