Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Jack Londonís Cabin
In 1968 Russ Kingman, an area businessman with a passion for Jack London, headed an expedition to the Alaskan wilderness to authenticate a tiny cabin discovered in the woods on the north fork of Henderson Creek. The cabin was said to be the location where Jack London wintered in 1897-98 when he was prospecting during the Yukon gold rush. Kingman brought Sgt. Ralph Godfrey, handwriting expert from the Oakland Police Departmentís forgery detail, along to verify Londonís signature which was scratched out on the ceiling. Once the cabin was determined to be legitimate it was disassembled, packed out of the wilderness and the logs divided into two piles. Half went to Dawson City, Canada and half was purchased by the Port and came to Oakland. Two cabins were replicated from the original materials and now both cities have duplicate tributes to Jack London, world renowned author and adventurer. The Cabin was dedicated on July 1, 1970.
The Port of Oakland
Erected by Port of Oakland.
Location. 37° 47.632′ N, 122° 16.49′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Jack London (here, next to this marker); Heinoldsí First and Last Chance Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Jack London Square Development (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Railroad History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pony Express Ferry "Oakland" (about 700 feet away); Origins of Oakland (about 800 feet away); Oakland's First Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Jack London (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Jack London Square. Jack London Square is closed to vehicular traffic.
Additional keywords. Yukon Gold Rush
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.