Alameda, California, a city in Alameda County. It occupies an island and a tip of a peninsula, called Bay Farm, in San Francisco Bay. The city lies immediately south of Oakland; to the west, across the bay, is San Francisco. Five bridges and an underwater tunnel link Alameda with Oakland. Industrial activities include shipbuilding, aircraft repair, and steel fabricating. Most of the industrialization has occurred since the early 1940's. Alameda Naval Air Station, a major local employer, was closed in 1997. The city has a number of sandy beaches, sports grounds, parks, and yacht clubs.
Alameda was first settled in 1850 and incorporated as a town in 1872. A city charter was granted in 1883.