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Fun Facts About Martinez

Did You Know That…

  • For more than 150 years, Martinez has served as the county seat for Contra Costa County.
  • Martinez is the bocce ball capital of the United States with hundreds of bocce ball enthusiasts playing on City leagues.
  • Martinez is the birthplace of Joe DiMaggio, famous New York Yankee slugger. You can see his boat, “Joltin' Joe“, at the Marina.
  • Home of the martini – this famous cocktail was first invented and poured here in 1874 to a thirsty gold miner.  
  • 38 trains a day pull into our Amtrak Intermodal Station, connecting Martinez to the region and the North Concord and Pleasant Hill BART stations.
  • Selected as a “Tree City USA”, Martinez was honored for its extensive planting and care of trees.
  • You can visit John Muir’s home right here in Martinez. It’s a National Historic Site.
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