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Albany, a city in Alameda County, is situated on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay, just north of Berkeley. The city was first settled in 1853 and incorporated in 1908.

At the time of its incorporation, the residents chose the name "Ocean View," but as names of this type were becoming too common, a vote was taken in 1909 and the name "Albany" was selected, in honor of the birthplace of the city's first mayor, Frank Roberts.

Golden Gate Fields, one of the largest thoroughbred racetracks in the country, draws racing fans from throughout the Bay Area.

Residents of Albany can get hospital care from several East Bay hospitals, such as Alta Bates Hospital in adjoining Berkeley. The students of Albany Unified School District produce test scores that are consistently among the best in the state.

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Timeline of early Albany history. More on the history of Albany from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The New York State Museum's website devoted to early Albany and its people ...

Albany Flat
By 1856, three miners and one merchant were the sole inhabitants, and Albany Flat was just a wide spot of countryside on the road between Carson Hill and Angels Camp. Travelers' Tips HomeThe Virtual California Gold CountryBuy the Book(s ...

Albany 1686
Albany Timeline notes Overview diagram entitled "Albany, N. Y., 1686," ink on mylar by L. F. Tantillo (1985). This image is based on the Roemer Map of 1698 and on property information derived by the Colonial Albany Social History Project. It was ...