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Indian Rock

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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Indian Rock Marker
Inscription. Outcroppings of weathered rock are a prominent feature of the Berkeley Hills, providing evidence of this area’s complex geological past. Composed of Northbrae rhyolite, Indian Rock is an ancient volcanic remnant. Native Ohlone communities gathered at these outcroppings. Here they ground acorns into meal with stone pestles, eventually wearing bowl-like depressions in the rock.

In the early 20th century the Mason-McDuffie Real Estate Company developed the surrounding Northbrae subdivision. In 1917 the company donated park parcels around five rock formations, including Indian Rock, to the City of Berkeley. During the 1930s, here and at nearby Cragmont Rock, Berkeley mountaineering enthusiasts practiced new techniques that revolutionized the sport. As a young man, environmentalist and Berkeley native David Brower was among those who climbed here.
 
Erected 2003 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 53.542′ N, 122° 16.356′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Indian Rock Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 931 Indian Rock Avenue, Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mortar Rock (about 400
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Indian Rock Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); Northbrae Public Improvements (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Hinkel Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Thousand Oaks School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. half a mile away); Live Oak Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Indian Rock Park. The City of Berkeley Parks Department gives the history of the park, photos and links to other parks within the city. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. David Brower. An article by Kate Crockett - "88 Years of David Brower" (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

3. David Bower - Wikipedia. Brower came to the environmental movement as a result of his interest in mountaineering. In 1933, Brower spent seven weeks in the High Sierra with George Rockwood.
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
3. Indian Rock
After a close call with a loose rock while climbing in the Palisades, he met Norman Clyde in the wilderness, who gave him some valuable climbing lessons. (Submitted on April 15, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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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 715 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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