The Pullman Company was a large employer of African American men, who worked mainly as porters on the Pullman cars. This coincided with the repaving and streetscaping project of Macdonald Avenue.
The city's old rundown commercial district along Macdonald has been designated the city's "Main Street District" by the state of California.
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.
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.
There is a pier into San Francisco Bay south of Point Molate for oil tankers.
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 railroad constructed a tunnel through the Potrero San Pablo ridge to run a track from their yard to a ferry landing from which freight cars could be transshipped to San Francisco.
Where this track crosses the main street in Point Richmond, there remain two of the last operational wigwag grade crossing signals in the United States, and the only surviving examples of the "upside-down" type.
This era also brought with it the innovation of daycare for children, as a few women could care for several dozen women's children, while most of the mothers went off to work in the factories and shipyards.