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Montclair Observation Tower

The Montclair Observation Tower was a two-story tower built by the Realty Syndicate in 1925 to help sell homes in the newly opened area of  Montclair Highlands.

Montclair Observation Tower 1925 - Oakland History Room
Montclair Observation Tower – Montclair Highlands 1923 –  Oakland History Room

Every night the Observation Tower was illuminated by Idora Park searchlight – “the most powerful searchlight in the world

On a clear day, it is said you could see points as far away as the Farallon Islands. 

Oakland Tribune June 25, 1925

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Oakland Tribune  June 25, 1925
Oakland Tribune August 16, 1925
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Oakland Tribune June 21, 1925

The tower was still standing in July of 1929. I don’t when the tower was removed. I have heard that the was heavily damaged in a late night fire in 1929 or 1930. But I have no proof.

Location of the tower

The tower (yellow arrow) is seen in this 1929 aerial By Fairchild

Montclair in 1928 Fairchild Aerial with arrow jpg

Near the intersection of Asilomar Drive and Aztec Way.

observation tower

The End

Author:

II have been an Oakland history buff since going on an Oakland Heritage Alliance Tour of the Fernwood Neighborhood in the Montclair District of Oakland, in the mid-'80s. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair in the early 1900s and that people lived the area as early as 1860s — been hooked ever since. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into the history of Montclair, and I have learned a lot. I feel this will be the best way to get it out of my head and onto paper.

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