One of the region's populous cities is found in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area is Hayward.
Historically know under several names including Haywood, Haywards, and eventually Hayward, the city has a rich culture and history stemming from the California Gold Rush, 1868 Hayward Earthquake, and even prior to. A majority of its growth occurred with the development of the agriculture and tourism in the late 19th century. Two notable sites, California State University East Bay formerly known as CSU Hayward and Southland Mall were opened in the 1950's and 1960's. Furthermore, transportation developments of the San Mateo-Hayward bridge in the late 1920's and BART opening two stations in Hayward in 1972 also contributed to the growth of its industry and population.
Geographically, the city is located between Castro Valley and Union City and to the eastern end of the San Mate0-Hayward bridge. Surprisingly, a good portion of the city's total area is composed of water versus land.
Notable parks and sites for city include the downtown area of Hayward, Hayward Regional Shoreline, Garin Regional Park and the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve of hundreds of salt ponds and tidal wetlands.