Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Evolution of a Marine Terminal
Containerization, introduced in Oakland in 1962, brought speed and standardization units to cargo handling. The Port bought the private Howard Terminal site in 1978,
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Constructed between 1910 and 1914, the quay wall was a long bulkhead that measured forty feet from top to bottom, and tapered from twenty-two feet wide at its base to eighteen inches at the top. Because the quay wall was built inland from the shore, tons of soil were removed on the harbor side. Dredging created a berthing basin with a depth of 27 feet at low tide. Sediment placed on the shore side of the wall became a 150-foot-wide wharf.
Erected by Port of Oakland.
Location. 37° 47.705′ N, 122° 16.786′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Clay Street near Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles P. Howard Terminal (here, next to this marker); History of the Transbay Ferry (a few steps from this marker); USS Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); The Port of Oakland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack London Oakland's First Wharf (about 700 feet away); Live Oak Lodge U.D (about 700 feet away); Origins of Oakland (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Oakland Ferry Terminal in Jack London Square.
Also see . . . About the Port: History - Port of Oakland. Here the normally sedate Port Commissioner George Pardee, then mayor of Oakland, personally kicked down a fence that the Southern Pacific railroad, which once claimed exclusive ownership of Oakland's waterfront, had erected across Broadway in 1893. Finally, in 1906, the California Supreme Court ended the lengthy disputes by ruling in the city's favor. (Submitted on January 18, 2014, 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 January 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.