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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Origins of Oakland

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. Origins of Oakland Marker
Inscription.
In 1850, a twenty-six year old New Englander named Edson Adams set his sights on 480 acres of oak covered shore at the foot of what is now Broadway, on the banks of San Antonio Creek. Although the land was part of the Peralta family rancho he and fellow speculators, Horace Carpenter and Andrew Moon, laid out lots and planned a town. The legality of their actions would be discussed in the courts for years to come. In 1852 the State Legislature incorporated the township of Oakland. The settlement’s name was derived from “El Encinal (oak grove) de Temescal”. The boundaries of the town were the Bay on the west, 22nd street to the north, Lake Merritt on the east, and San Antonio Creek on the south. At its founding, the Town of Oakland has 75 residents. In 1996, the City of Oakland’s population was 373,242.

Donated by
Shanna O’Hare

 
Erected by Port of Oakland.
 
Location. 37° 47.655′ N, 122° 16.645′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Broadway near Water Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pony Express Ferry "Oakland"
Origins of Oakland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. Origins of Oakland Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Jack London (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland's First Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Railroad History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Live Oak Lodge U.D (about 300 feet away); Jack London Square Development (about 500 feet away); Evolution of a Marine Terminal (about 700 feet away); Charles P. Howard Terminal (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Jack London Square. Jack London Square is closed to vehicular traffic.
 
Also see . . .  Oakland History - OaklandWiki. The City of Oakland was incorporated in 1852. It has a rich and multicultural history with a number of periods characterized by different fortunes for the city. A great deal of historical scholarship already exists about the city with “accepted” periodization. This space allows us to (perhaps) reconceptualize how we understand and write Oakland’s history. (Submitted on January 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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