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Oakland, California, USA

Oakland, Alameda, CA

The area was inhabited by Costanoan Indians when it was explored by the Spanish in the late 18th century. In 1820 a Spanish land grant known as Rancho San Antonio was established there. Logging began in the area in the 1840s, and, during the California Gold Rush (1849), it became a transit centre for goods and people. In 1849–50 Moses Chase, a squatter, and some associates leased and then purchased farmland and laid out the town of Clinton (later named Brooklyn). In 1851 Horace W. Carpentier started a trans-bay ferry service to San Francisco and acquired a town site (1852) to the west of Brooklyn, naming it Oakland for the oak trees on the grassy plain. Carpentier and his associates extended the area and incorporated it as a city in 1854. Oakland and Brooklyn—separated by a slough that had been bridged in 1853—amalgamated in 1872.

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  • 1863 - September 1 - RR & ferry connection between SF & Oakland inaugurated

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  • 1868 - March 23 - University of California founded (Oakland California)

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  • 1874 - February 21 - Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication

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  • Oakland, California, USA
    1875 advertisement

    Beaudry & McAvoy
    Undertakers and General Furnishers
    Cor. Broadway and 7th Street, Opposite Depot.
    Oakland, Calif.

    Oakland Tribune
    Oakland, California
    June 30, 1875
    Advertisement
  • Oakland, California, USA
    1880s
    Red House
    Importers of Dry and Fancy Goods
    Oakland / Napa City

    Advertisement
  • Oakland, California, USA
    Washington Street
    Postcard
  • Oakland, California, USA
    S.P. Co's. Depot.
    Oakland Mole, California.
    Postcard
  • 1895 - Oakland
    Oakland, a beautiful city, capital of Alameda co., Cal., is pleasantly situated on the E. shore of the Bay of San Francisco, 7 miles E. of the city of...Read MORE...


  • Oakland, California, USA
    Lafayette High School, Oakland, California
    Postcard
  • News 1906 - SHIP NEARLY WRECKS A PASSENGER TRAIN
    Oakland, August 7. - The steam schooner Wasp, heavily lumber-laded from Eureka crashed bow-on into the Southern Pacific drawbridge at Harrison street,...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Oakland, a city, capital of Almeda co., Cal., is pleasantly situated on the E. shore of the Bay of San Francisco, 6 mile E. of the city of San Francis...Read MORE...


  • Oakland, California, USA
    St. Mary's College

    "St. Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys established by the Most Rev. Joseph Alemany, a member of the Order of Preachers and the first archbishop of San Francisco. Unhappy with the archdiocese's... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • News 1923 - WIFE RESCUES BLIND MAN AS BUILDINGS BURN
    Two Firemen Injured; Flats and Stores Destroyed; Loss $50,000.

    Three flats, a coal, wood and feed yard, and three stores were destroyed, two stores...Read MORE...


  • 1936 - November 12 - Oakland Bay Bridge opens

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  • 1966 - Oakland Coliseum opens.

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  • 1968 - Athletics baseball team relocates to Oakland.

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  • October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
    The collapse of a section of the double-deck Nimitz Freeway in Oakland was the site of the single largest number of casualties for the event...
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  • October 20, 1991 - Oakland firestorm of 1991.
    The Oakland firestorm of 1991 was a large suburban wildland-urban interface conflagration that occurred on the hillsides of northern Oakland, Californ...Read MORE...




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1875 advertisement

Beaudry & McAvoy
Undertakers and General Furnishers
Cor. Broadway and 7th Street, Opposite Depot.
Oakland, Calif.

Oakland Tribune
Oakland, California
June 30, 1875
Advertisement

Oakland, California, USA
Pinterest
1880s
Red House
Importers of Dry and Fancy Goods
Oakland / Napa City

Advertisement



Oakland, California, USA
Pinterest
Washington Street
Postcard

Oakland, California, USA
Pinterest
S.P. Co's. Depot.
Oakland Mole, California.
Postcard

Oakland, California, USA
Pinterest
Lafayette High School, Oakland, California
Postcard

Oakland, California, USA
Pinterest
St. Mary's College

"St. Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys established by the Most Rev. Joseph Alemany, a member of the Order of Preachers and the first archbishop of San Francisco. Unhappy with the archdiocese's... Read MORE...

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  • 1863 - September 1 - RR & ferry connection between SF & Oakland inaugurated

    historyorb.com
  • 1868 - March 23 - University of California founded (Oakland California)

    historyorb.com
  • 1874 - February 21 - Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication

    historyorb.com
  • 1895 - Oakland
    Oakland, a beautiful city, capital of Alameda co., Cal., is pleasantly situated on the E. shore of the Bay of San Francisco, 7 miles E. of the city... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Oakland, a city, capital of Almeda co., Cal., is pleasantly situated on the E. shore of the Bay of San Francisco, 6 mile E. of the city of San... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - SHIP NEARLY WRECKS A PASSENGER TRAIN
    Oakland, August 7. - The steam schooner Wasp, heavily lumber-laded from Eureka crashed bow-on into the Southern Pacific drawbridge at Harrison... Read MORE...

  • News  1923 - WIFE RESCUES BLIND MAN AS BUILDINGS BURN
    Two Firemen Injured; Flats and Stores Destroyed; Loss $50,000.

    Three flats, a coal, wood and feed yard, and three stores were destroyed, two... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - November 12 - Oakland Bay Bridge opens

    historyorb.com
  • 1966 - Oakland Coliseum opens.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1968 - Athletics baseball team relocates to Oakland.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
    The collapse of a section of the double-deck Nimitz Freeway in Oakland was the site of the single largest number of casualties for the event...
    www.wikipedia.org
  • October 20, 1991 - Oakland firestorm of 1991.
    The Oakland firestorm of 1991 was a large suburban wildland-urban interface conflagration that occurred on the hillsides of northern Oakland,... Read MORE...

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