One of the oldest communities in the Delta was established as a railroad town so that businessmen could avoid paying taxes as they shipped freight and passengers from the Bay Area to Sacramento and on to the Gold Rush region. A ten-mile line was built from the Brighton Station on the Sacramento Valley Railroad to a “free port” which became the town of Freeport.
In the late 1800s, the Freeport-Clarksburg region was one of three major truck-farming areas. The truck-gardens of Freeport-Clarksburg were operated by Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, and domestic migrants. Over time, Southern Europeans became the primary operators of small farms.
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