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Joaquin Millerís Abbey

 
 
Joaquin Millerís Abbey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
1. Joaquin Millerís Abbey Marker
Capitons: The Abbey as it originally looked. (upper-left); Cincinnatus Hiner (“Joaquin”) Miller was a cultural icon of the 19th century. He lived from 1841 to 1913 (lower-left); “The Hights” in 1891. The Hights was purchased by the City of Oakland in 1917 and is now a designated California Historical Landmark. (center, upper); Joaquin Miller at the Abbey with is mother (left), daughter Juanita and grandson. (center, lower); Map by Karen Paulsen, Friends of Sausal Creek (map on right); Photos courtesy of the Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library.
Inscription. The tiny cottage known as “The Abbey” was built by the 19th century poet and environmentalist Joaquin Miller as part of a inspirational artistsí retreat. He purchased 70 grassy acres, parcel-by-parcel, in “The Hights” above the “City of the Oaks” in 1886 and erected monuments, structures for his mother and daughter, and coordinated the planting of 75,000 trees – Monterey pine, Monterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus.

Below the photograph of Joaquin Miller on the upper-right.

”The Abbey was a frame building consisting at first of a single small room with a porch. The roof was a high shingled peak, and there was no ceiling, for the rafters supporting the roof had been left bare. Visitors often said that the room looked like an unfinished museum. The walls were made of rough boards, hung with hides, bear claws, sheep horns, antlers, Mexican saddles, bows and arrows and weapons of all sort. Wherever there was a vacant spot, Joaquin had tacked up photographs of actresses and of himself, magazine and newspaper clippings concerning himself, and some original drawings that he had done as illustration for his poetry.”

Excerpt from the book Splendid Poseur: Joaquin Miller, American Poet, M. Marion Marberry, Crowell, 1953
Joaquin Millerís Abbey and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
2. Joaquin Millerís Abbey and Marker
The marker is on the left.

 
Erected 2010 by City of Oakland.
 
Location. 37° 48.636′ N, 122° 11.583′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Joaquin Miller Road near Sanborn Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3098 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland CA 94602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joaquin Miller (here, next to this marker); A Haven for Artists (a few steps from this marker); The Creation of a Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Monument Loop: A Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage of the Brooklyn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commemoration of Old Redwood Road from Redwood Canyon (approx. 0.8 miles away); 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial (approx. one mile away); Site of Blossom Rock Navigation Trees (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
Joaquin Millerís Abbey image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
3. Joaquin Millerís Abbey
Joaquin Millerís Abbey image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
4. Joaquin Millerís Abbey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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