1933 – Oakland Hills Fire

The fire started in the Redwood Road area and raced through to Sequoia Park (Joaquin Miller Park) and down Dimond Canyon and also spread some into Shepard Canyon.  Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933 The fire, which began around 7 am on November 13, 1933, swept through the East Oakland Hills, burning a man to death,... Continue Reading →

Naming Our City Streets

Growing up in Montclair (for me), Thornhill Drive was always just Thornhill Drive. But come to find out it was once called Thorn Road (sometimes Thorne Road). Thornhill is a more delightful sounding name than Thorn. But there is a perfectly good reason as to why it was called Thorn Road. Thorn Road From the... Continue Reading →

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