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Oakland, Alameda, California, USA

"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 San Francisco. It is connected with Sacramento by the Central Pacific Rail "d, and is 133 miles S.W. of that capital. It has a healthy and pleasant climate. It was the original seat of the University of California, which has been removed to Berkeley, about 4 miles distant. Large steam ferry-boats ply frequently between Oakland and San Francisco. The *y is well lighted, and has wide, well-paved streets. It contains 16 churches, the California Military Academy, the Golden Gate Academy, a convent, a high school, the Female College of the Pacific, the Pacific Theological Seminary (Congregational), an institution for the deaf, dumb, and blind, a court-house which cost $200,000, 2 national gold banks, 2 savings-banks, first-class hotels, and numerous elegant and expensive dwellings. Three daily and 4 weekly newspapers are published here. The streets are provided by nature with a profusion of majestic live-oaks, which are covered with foliage all the year round. The supply of water comes from numerous streams and springs in the adjacent hills, and is pure and inexhaustible. The environs are adorned with gardens, vineyards, and beautiful scenery and drives. Oakland has a good harbor, and great advantages for a commercial city. It has 4 horse-railroads, 3 flouring-mills, 3 planing-mills, 2 potteries, a brass-foundry, 3 tanneries, a jute-bag-factory, &c. This town was incorporated in 1852. Pop. in 1860, 1543; in 1870, 10,500; in 1880, 34,555; in 1890, 48,682."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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

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

  • 1874 - February 21 - Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication

  • 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
  • Oakland, California, USA
    Red House
    Importers of Dry and Fancy Goods
    Oakland / Napa City

  • Oakland, California, USA
    Washington Street
  • Oakland, California, USA
    S.P. Co's. Depot.
    Oakland Mole, California.
  • Oakland, California, USA
    Lafayette High School, Oakland, California
    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...

    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

  • 1966 - Oakland Coliseum opens.

  • 1968 - Athletics baseball team relocates to Oakland.

  • 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...

  • 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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