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

A Natural Supermarket and Hardware Store

Sycamore Grove Park

 
 
A Natural Supermarket and Hardware Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, August 14, 2022
1. A Natural Supermarket and Hardware Store Marker
Inscription.  Long before there were supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores, Ohlone people found or made everything they needed from the natural world. They used the roots, stems, leaves, seeds and fruits of plants and trees in the making of food, medicines and tools.

Fire was a tool the Ohlone used to manage the grasslands. Carefully timed fires cleared shrubs to keep meadows open for game., such as deer and elk. This encouraged the growth of wildflowers and grasses from which they gathered seed and basketry materials. They burned beneath oak trees after acorn harvest to get rid of pests that could damage next year’s crop.

Captions:
Tule: Used to build boats and houses and to make rope.
Willow: Shoots used to make baskets.
Johnny jump-up: Leaves and flowers were eaten.
Cattail: Flour made from the roots. Fluff used as diaper stuffing.
Toyon: Berries eaten but only after roasting.
Coyote Brush: leaves can be mashed into a poultice and put on mosquito bites to stop the itching.
Mule Ears: Sunflower-like seeds were eaten.
Milkweed:
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Cordage (rope) made out of stem fibers.
Blue Wildrye: Seeds were gathered and eaten.
Soaproot: Fibers used to make brushes. Bulb mashed and used as soap. Bulb also roasted and eaten.
Elderberry: Berries eaten in the summer. Shoots made into musical instruments such as flutes or clappers.
Clarkia: Seeds gathered to make seed cakes.
Black Sage: Used for seasoning or to make things smell good.
Blue Dicks: Bulbs were eaten.
 
Erected by Livermore Area Recreation & Park District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansParks & Recreational AreasScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 37° 38.636′ N, 121° 46.865′ W. Marker is in Livermore, California, in Alameda County. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand in the Native Plant Garden near the Wetmore Road entrance to Sycamore Grove Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1051 Wetmore Road, Livermore CA 94550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Borax to Burgundy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Birth of an Industry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ravenswood Historic Site Vineyards (approx. 0.8 miles away); Max Baer
Marker in the Native Plant Garden image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, August 14, 2022
2. Marker in the Native Plant Garden
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Supervisor Edward R. Campbell Foot Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cresta Blanca Winery (approx. 2 miles away); The Gables (approx. 2.1 miles away); On this Site Stood the Hydropathic Building (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livermore.
 
Also see . . .  Sycamore Grove Park.
"A breathtaking experience, explore the beauty of south Livermore by hiking, biking, walking, or jogging through this 847-acre open space park."
(Submitted on August 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.

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