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The Monument Loop: A Legacy

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
1. The Monument Loop: A Legacy Marker
Inscription. This 50-minute walk through the park features five rustic monuments. Four of them were hand-made by Joaquin Miller between 1892 and 1913. The walk is steep in places, but provides exhilarating views of the Bay and a visit to the Cascade.

”...maybe he was erecting some of the monuments or stone terraces; and did he point to the older trees, saying “Why! these trees, these very stones could tell how long Iíve loved them and how well, and in after years maybe I will come and sit; sit here so silently you may not know of it.”
(Except from “About the Hights” by Juanita Miller, 1919)


(Photographs on the right, from top to bottom)

1) Statue of Joaquin Miller
The work of Kisa Beeck, the statue of Oaklandís “Poet of the Sierras” was commissioned by his daughter to mark the spot were her grandmotherís cottage once stood.

2) Funeral Pyre
Joaquin Miller erected this funeral pyre for his own cremation but was not cremated here.

3) Pyramid to Moses
Built by Joaquin Miller in 1892 to symbolize his belief in the Ten Commandments.

4) Browning Monument
Created in 1904 by Joaquin Miller to honor his fellow poets, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The monument
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
2. The Monument Loop: A Legacy Marker
is built in the shape of a rook chess piece.

5) Fremont Monument
Joaquin Miller dedicated this monument to General John C. Fremont, the noted 19th century explorer. The story is that Miller fell in love with the view at this spot, where Fremont supposedly stood when he named the view “The Golden Gate.”
 
Erected 2010 by City of Oakland.
 
Location. 37° 48.635′ N, 122° 11.565′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Sanborn Drive near Joaquin Miller Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located near Joaquin Miller's "Abbey." Sanborn Drive is closed to vehicular traffic. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 Sanborn Drive, Oakland CA 94602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Creation of a Park (a few steps from this marker); Joaquin Miller (within shouting distance of this marker); Joaquin Millerís Abbey (within shouting distance of this marker); A Haven for Artists (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage of the Brooklyn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commemoration of Old Redwood Road from Redwood Canyon
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
3. Detail from The Monument Loop: A Legacy Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial (approx. one mile away); Site of Blossom Rock Navigation Trees (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Joaquin Miller Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
4. Joaquin Miller Statue
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
5. Fremont Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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