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A compromise was achieved that included installing new modern crossing gates, red lights and bells while not removing, but simply shutting off the historic ones and preserving their functionality for special events.The facility connected with both the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific and serviced their passenger coach equipment.Until the enactment of prohibition in 1919, the city had the largest winery in the world; In 1930 the Ford Motor Company opened an assembly plant called Richmond Assembly Plant which moved to Milpitas in the 1960s.The old Ford plant has been a National Historic Place since 1988, and in 2004 was purchased by developer Eddie Orton The city was a small town at that time, until the onset of World War II which brought on a rush of migrants and a boom in the industrial sector.The wigwag is an antiquated type of railroad crossing signal which was phased out in the 1970s and 80s across the country.There was controversy in 2005 when the State Transportation Authority ordered the BNSF railroad company to upgrade the railroad crossing signals.The western terminus of the Santa Fe Railroad was established in Richmond with ferry connections at Ferry Point in the Brickyard Cove area of Point Richmond to San Francisco.
It was populated by many department stores such as Kress, J. Once the war ended the shipyard workers were no longer needed, beginning a decades-long population decline. By 1960 much of the temporary housing built for the shipyard workers was torn down, and the population dropped to about 71,000.The medical system established for the shipyard workers at the Richmond Field Hospital eventually became today's Kaiser Permanente HMO.It remained in operation until 1993 when it was replaced by the modern Richmond Medical Center hospital, that has subsequently expanded to a large multiple building campus.The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad had its terminus at Richmond.Richmond was founded and incorporated in 1905, carved out of Rancho San Pablo, from which the nearby town of San Pablo inherited its name.