Dublin is a suburban city of the East Bay and Tri-Valley regions of Alameda County. It was referred to as "Dublin" in reference to the city of Dublin in Ireland because of the large number of Irish who settled there. The post office formally adopted the name in the 1890s.
Dublin has long been known as the Crossroads of the Bay Area. Dublin now sits at the crossroads of two major highways: I-580 and I-680. However, the significance of the crossroads dates back more than 200 years when Dublin served as the crossroads of two important stage routes - one from the Bay Area to Stockton and the other from Martinez to San Jose. Dublin has a rich history dating back to 1772, when Pedro Fages led an expedition of 16 mounted men on a journey in search of a land route to Drake's Bay, now known as San Francisco Bay.
In 1850, Michael Murray and Jeremiah Fallon came to this area from Ireland. They purchased 1,000 acres of land from Jose Amador and built homes for their families. Dublin began to grow as many settled in the area. In 1853, Alameda County was created from parts of Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. By 1877 the first schoolhouse in the Amador-Livermore Valley was constructed in Dublin, along with a church, two hotels, Green's Store, a wagon and blacksmith shop, and a shoemaker's shop. The Murray Schoolhouse, Green's Store, St. Raymond's Church and the historic cemetery (where members of the Donner Party Expedition are buried) have been preserved and are now located on Donlan Way. Mail was delivered to the Dougherty Station Hotel. Thus, the area became known as Dougherty's Station. Subsequently, the area became known as Dublin, and in 1982, the City incorporated.
During the past 20 years, the rapidly expanding Tri-Valley area has become renowned as a place of prosperity, a center for internationally acclaimed business parks, and home to some of the world's largest corporations.