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Piedmont in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Piedmont Springs Clubhouse & Cafe

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 7, 2014
1. Piedmont Springs Clubhouse & Cafe Marker
Captions: Clubhouse entrance (top center); 8564 Piedmont Springs, Club House, Oakland, Cal. (postcard, top right), George Merra’s candy store. Children learned quickly the soft-hearted Greek candymaker would accept a button from those who had no penny for their candy. (bottom left); For a meeting of Jack London and Ruskin Club in 1901, the menu included oysters on the half shell, striped bass a la Hollandaise, roast chicken, French fried potatoes, English peas, two flavors of ice cream, cakes and fresh fruit. (bottom center); For several years, the tiny turnstile entrance to the park was the city’s post office, the only one the city has ever had. (bottom right).
Inscription. On Saturday, May 5, 1898, a gala benefit for the Ladies’ Relief Society marked the opening of the Piedmont Springs Park by Frank C. Havens. Musicians played in a thatched bandstand while partygoers strolled through lighted pathways. Many guest dined in an elegant palm-filled room at the new Piedmont Springs Cafe while others sipped libations on the veranda overlooking the park.

”Two or three hundred incandescent electric lights have been placed among the trees. The effect is very pretty, particularly when water is running over the waterfalls. The charge for admission at all times will be ten cents for adults and five cents for children.” The Oakland Enquirer
 
Erected by Piedmont Beautification Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 49.441′ N, 122° 13.869′ W. Marker is in Piedmont, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 371 HighlandAvenue, Oakland CA 94611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Piedmont Springs Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Piedmont Art Gallery (within shouting distance of
Piedmont Springs Clubhouse & Cafe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 7, 2014
2. Piedmont Springs Clubhouse & Cafe Marker
this marker); The Japanese Teahouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honor Roll (about 400 feet away); Piedmont Park History Trail (about 400 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away); Faux Bois Benches (about 500 feet away); The Cascade (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piedmont.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Piedmont Park.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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