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

Piedmont Park History Trail

A Special Gift for Piedmont’s 100th Anniversary

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 7, 2014
1. Piedmont Park History Trail Marker
Captions: (1) Last Original Park Bench; (2) Piedmont Springs Hotel; (3) Clubhouse; (4) Teahouse; (5) Art Gallery; (6) The Cascade; (7) Springs Grotto; (8) Amphitheater; (9) The Maze.
Inscription. In 1867 the pink mineral springs which oozed from Bushy Dell Canyon began to attract visitors to Piedmont Park and the surrounding community. Generation after generation the park has changed to reflect the community that surrounds it, creating layers of history.

As the City of Piedmont neared its 100th birthday, a public/private partnership was developed to preserve the history of Piedmont Park through a two-part project. First the historic sulfur springs grotto which had fallen into disrepair was restored. Designer Mark Feldkamp save the remnants of the grotto built by Frank C. Havens in the 1890s and created a permanent plaza seating area which joins the grotto to a nearby waterfall and fern garden.

The second phase of the project is a self-guided walking tour through the park. Illustrated signs tell stories about the park’s history through vintage photographs, antique postcards, original documents and quotations from those who visited the park over the years.

This project was made possible by

City of Piedmont

Nancy F. McEnroe, Mayor • Abe Friedman, Vice Mayor • Dean Barbieri • John Chiang • Garrett Keating

Piedmont Beautification Foundation
Piedmont Garden Club
Piedmont Historical Society
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

 
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Piedmont Park History Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 7, 2014
2. Piedmont Park History Trail Marker
Piedmont Beautification Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 49.481′ N, 122° 13.93′ W. Marker is in Piedmont, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Vista Avenue near Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Vista Avenue, Oakland CA 94611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Piedmont Springs Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Faux Bois Benches (within shouting distance of this marker); Piedmont Springs Clubhouse & Cafe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Piedmont Art Gallery (about 600 feet away); The Japanese Teahouse (about 700 feet away); The Cascade (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Piedmont.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the Veteran's building in the City Hall complex.
 
Also see . . .
1. Piedmont Park - Oakland Wiki. ... when I came across all the great old postcards posted on AlamedaInfo.com of the Piedmont Park I noticed they are all captioned ‘Oakland, California’ and even if you look closely on the front of some of the postcards themselves it reads ‘Oakland’ not Piedmont. Did the borders of Oakland and Piedmont change after the 1910’s? The grounds of the park look fairly extensive, with a hotel, Japanese Tea Garden, Sulphur Springs, The Cafe, Banana Palms, etc., as though it was on a large section of land ... where exactly was this park located? (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. History of Piedmont, California - Wikipedia. In 1870, Walter Blair bought over 800 acres (3.2 km²) of land in the foothills of East Bay. Where the spring was located he built the Piedmont Springs Hotel, of 20 bedrooms and five dining rooms. The water of the spring was thought to have curative powers. Wealthy San Franciscans retired to the hotel during trips to "the country." (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 300 times since then. 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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