Mid-century Livermore saw a demographic shift from farms and ranches to suburbanization and continuing support of the existing health care industry, New Deal programs, a naval airbase, and two national laboratories. The health care industry flourished with the dedication in 1925 of a veterans’ hospital, which is still operational today; the Livermore Sanitarium for the treatment of alcoholism and mental disorders; and the Del Valle Sanitarium for the treatment of tuberculosis. During the 1930s, Livermore residents supported the Hetch Hetchy Project and numerous efforts of the Works Progress Administration. A naval airbase for training pilots was established in 1942, during World War II. This base became the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory in the 1950s and was soon accompanied by an extension of Sandia National Laboratories across the street.
About the Author
Consistent with their stated mission to ensure awareness and protection of Livermore’s rich heritage through public advocacy and to collect, preserve, interpret, and share historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all, the Livermore Heritage Guild and John Christian present their second Images of America book. Photographs are courtesy of the Livermore Heritage Guild’s archives, housed in the Carnegie Library History Center.
Table of Contents
1 Downtown and Around Town 9
2 Business and Industry 17
3 Government and Development 27
4 Civic Growth 45
5 Health Care 55
6 Airports, Naval Air Station, and Laboratories 71
7 Schools, Students, and Faculty 83
8 Sports 97
9 Wine and Agriculture 105
10 Parades and Events 115