Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns
—Mark Daniels, Landscape Engineer —
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.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); Live Oak Park (approx. one mile away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
Categories. • Environment • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close-Up view of the original urn. • Close-up view of a replica urn. • Can you help?