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Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns

Circa 1909-1910

 

— Mark Daniels, Landscape Engineer —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker
[Photo caption:] Original urns installed at the top of Indian Trail, c. 1910. (photo Louis L. Stein)
Inscription.  
Berkeley History

In the early 1900s, the natural beauty of this undeveloped district, with dramatic rock outcroppings and ancient oaks made it a favorite destination for picnickers and hikers.

After a campaign to make the area a city park failed, real estate promoter John Hopkins Spring subdivided the land in 1909. He advertised: “We are touching this, nature’s masterpiece, with a reverent hand.” Landscape engineer Mark Daniels laid out building lots and winding roads following the contours of the hillside. Buyers selected their own architects or builders. resulting in a mix of architectural styles. Thousand Oaks was annexed to Berkeley in 1920.

About 20 monumental urns, in the style of Maxfield Parrish, were placed by the developer along the streets and walking paths. One hundred years later, only one urn, at the foot of Indian Trail, survived. Neighbors organized to recreate others, and the first replicas were installed in 2011.
 
Erected 2011 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
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By Diane Phillips
2. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker
Close up of an urn in the island at intersection of Yosemite and The Alameda.
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EnvironmentNatural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 37° 53.789′ N, 122° 16.712′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of San Fernando Avenue and Yosemite Road on San Fernando Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Thousand Oaks School (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Hinkel Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mortar Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Northbrae Public Improvements (approx. 0.6 miles away); Albany World War I Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Veterans' Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Charles MacGregor's Office (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
3. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
4. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker
Close up of urn in the park.
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
5. Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns Marker
An urn placed in an island at the intersection of Yosemite and The Alameda.
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By Diane Phillips
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This view is of another urn up the street at Arlington Avenue and Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
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By Diane Phillips
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Close-up view of the original urn at "the foot of Indian Trail"
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By Diane Phillips
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Original urn at "the foot of Indian Trail". It is located at The Alameda and Indian Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 680 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   2. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   3. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   6. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   7, 8. submitted on September 10, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 11, 2021