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Oakland and Surroundings – Then and Now

A few of the illustrations from the 1885 Oakland and Surrounding compared to modern day or an earlier date.

Nichol Block

The Nichol Block was built in 1878 and is now a part of “Old Oakland”. Is located at the northeast corner of 9th Street and Washington.

Northeast corner of 9th and Washington Streets. Arlington Hotel in circa 1937
Downtown Property Owner’s Association.
Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

Galindo Hotel

  • Built 1877
  • 8th and Franklin
  • B. Wright Proprietor
  • J.C. Matthews & Sons Architects
  • 1972 Destroyed by fire
Galindo Hotel
Date after 1933
Historic American Building Survey
Survey No
HABS CA-1898

Cole School

  • Built circa 1885 to circa 1923
  • 10th Street between Union and Poplar
  • Named for Rector E. Cole
  • Jack London attended the school
Circa 1885
Front doors of the Cole School building
with several children standing on sidewalk.
Date 1908
Huntington Library Jack London Collection

Pacific Press Publishing House

Under the direction of James White, the leader of the Seventh Day Adventists, the Pacific Press building was erected in 1875 as a publishing and printing firm. It was destroyed by fire in 1977, arson was suspected. The building was in the way the of of the Grove -Shafter Freeway (980). 

Circa 1885
Pacific Press Building
Circa 1975
Images from the Ellen G. White estate http://ellenwhite.org/
Pacific Press Building
Circa 1977
Images from the Ellen G. White estate http://ellenwhite.org/

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I 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-80's. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair, in the early 1900's and that people lived the area as early as 1860's. I have 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.

2 thoughts on “Oakland and Surroundings – Then and Now

  1. Oakland is really a historic lesson if you look at downtown and travel out from city hall . The original trails are the main streets since California became a state.

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