Berkeley: A City in History by Charles Wollenberg

By Charles Wollenberg

The Railroad Age, The melancholy, global battle II, The Atomic Age, The Sixties—these classes formed and have been in flip formed by way of Berkeley, California—a urban that has had a striking impact given its modest dimension. This concise booklet, the one up to date background of Berkeley, is a wealthy chronicle connecting the folk, developments, and occasions that made town to a lot higher subject matters in heritage. From the local developers of shellmounds to the blue-collar citizens of Ocean View, the increase of the collage of California, the realm conflict II shipyards, and cutting-edge demographics and politics, it is all right here during this attention-grabbing account of the opposite liked urban via the bay. alongside the best way, we discover the solutions to many fascinating questions: Why is Adeline highway is so oddly aligned? How did Berkeley enjoy the 1906 earthquake that destroyed a lot of San Francisco? What differentiated Holy Hill from Nut Hill? Berkeley: A urban in background offers a pleasant feel of position to a person who has lived in, labored in, or traveled via this certain city.

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Rammelsburg. By the midfifties, San Francisco was developing an industrial base, but entrepreneurs like Everding and Rammelsburg were already seeking out suburban locations with cheap land and abundant water. The owners of the Pioneer Mill found these on the Berkeley waterfront, and Jacobs's wharf provided access to regional markets. In addition, Ocean View area grain farmers were able to supply the mill's raw material. Rammelsburg soon sold his share of the business to Everding, but both men were important figures in the local economy for many years to come.

The new college was to be located on a lot bounded by Twelfth, Fourteenth, Franklin, and Harrison Streets, but Durant had to resist, sometimes with threats of force, potential squatters and unpaid contractors who attempted to occupy the site. By the time the College of California moved into its new buildings in 1860, Durant and Willey had already chosen another, more suitable location. As early as 1857, Durant was inspecting Orrin Simmons's land. Located five miles north of Oakland in a bucolic setting, the site commanded a spectacular view of the Golden Gate.

The first coal-gas lines were laid in Ocean View in 1877 and extended to East Berkeley in the early 1880s. Berkeley also got its first volunteer fire departments in the early eighties. The very first was the Tiger in West Berkeley, established in 1882, but it was unable to prevent the Brennan brothers' livery stable from going up in flames in 1883. Soon afterward, East Berkeley also established a fire station, the Columbia, and in 1887 the ubiquitous Maurice Strellinger subsidized the Posen Chemical Number One in his Peralta Park development.

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