Historic McGee-Spaulding District
Just west of the McGee Tract, the Spaulding Tract became part of the District when it was subdivided in 1876. For decades, the District remained sparsely populated and residents complained of having to pass through "the rural districts of the frontier” to get from one end of the city to the other. In 1884 a Town Hall was built at University Ave. and Sacramento St. in an attempt to unify the city. Five years later the building was moved to this block. It later burned and was replaced by the present City Hall in 1909.
After the 1906 earthquake the District finally became part of the urban pattern, with the Southern Pacific Red Train on California St. and electric streetcar lines along its boundaries: University Ave., Sacramento St., Dwight Way and Grove St./Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
As discriminatory housing practices slowly relaxed after World War II, the District
This plaque was donated by the McGee-Spaulding-Hardy Historic Interest Group.
Erected 2012 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 37° 52.135′ N, 122° 16.37′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Alston Way, on the right when traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Berkeley High School Alumni: Bobby Seale, Jean Yonemura Wing, Billy Martin (a few steps from this marker); Berkeley City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley High School Industrial Arts and Science (G and H Buildings) (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Veterans Memorial Grove
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.