Crockett is a gem, hidden in plain sight beneath the I-80 Carquinez bridge in the East Bay. Crockett's population seems to have stabilized a very long time ago at it's current 3,000 or so. Crockett grew initially as a port town on the busy strip of docks and mills that lined the Carquinez straight in the mid to late 1800s. C&H (California and Hawaiian) sugar company began processing sugar in what had been a flour mill in 1906. C&H eventually grew to dominate the town as the other mills and the docks lining the straight closed.
Today Crockett is prosperous and well maintained while retaining much of it's blue collar character. It's like a time capsule in the middle of the sprawling bay area suburbs. Crockett is built on steep hillsides and with it's steep winding streets and closely packed Victorian homes it reminds me of small towns in western Pennsylvania. East of Crockett along the Carquinez strait are remnants of the docks and mills that operated in the late 1800s. Many are accessible via the rail line along the shore from Crockett to Port Costa.