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Old 12-01-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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From the Online Archive of California

8th Street Bridge to East Oakland 1892


Apartment Block 7th St West Oakland 1940


Chevrolet Plant, 73rd and Foothill 1917


Downtown Oakland Corner of 14th and Webster 1945


Dimond District [picture] : Tepper's Garden on Hopkins St. 1909


Bay and Golden Gate from Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, Cal. [picture]. 1923


Oakland, Lake Merritt [picture] : Anthony Chabot's home. 1886


Oakland skyline from Lake Shore Ave. [picture]. 1910s


Dimond District[picture] 1910


35th Avenue and Macarthur Bl. 1940s


College Ave Looking North towards Shafter 1930


Temescal Cañon 1920s


E. 12th St near 22nd Ave(Montgomery Ward in the distance) 1935?



Mountain Bl and Redwood Rd 1950

Lakeshore Ave 1910s


Lake Merritt Hotel 1928


Grand Avenue 1910s


Business Center, Melrose District 1909


Lake Merritt and the "Contra Costa Range" IE The Hills 1890



39th Ave Redwood Heights Elementary School under construction 1949


23rd Ave East Oakland 1910s


Automobile Race on Foothill Blvd 1909


Fruitvale Av looking North 1905
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Nice pictures
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Old 12-01-2009, 11:47 PM
 
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I must be getting old because I recognize some of the places as shown and not how they are today...

The Chevrolet Plant, Montgomery Ward, the corner of 35th and Mac Arthur (Hopkins) and the grove of Eucalyptus on the hill looking out Foothill Blvd...
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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Awesome pictures! I love old photograph's like that. I think Oakland is in the best location of the bay area (weather, proximity etc...)
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:11 PM
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Location: Oakland
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wow, great thread. I'd rep ya if i could
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:03 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Pretty soon we'll have no auto plants (I really don't count Tesla, that will always be a low volume niche operation, ala Clenet) here in the Bay Area.

Sort of cliche to say it, but it was really stupid to tear out the Key System and its counterparts in other parts of the area.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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I don't think that Chevy plant is at 73rd and Foothill.... it's looks like the one near me on Durant and International. I recognize the water tower -- it's still there and painted for the Durant Center.

In order to do what they did, they had to keep the facade of the old plant and reuse a great deal of the building. The top level in the picture is also now all rental lofts. I've never been in them.

I once knew a guy who lived near where I do now, and he told me about the area.

Across the street there were fruit orchards, but they soon tore them out to start building (I live near there and my house was built in 1924.) All the streets were fruit names before they became numbers. That's why you still have Apricot, Pippin, Blenhiem (I think that's a peach variety) Pearmain, Apple.... but some orchards remained, behind that neighborhood, in what became San Leandro. Those went in WW2, when they built housing on Bristol and Suffolk, Farrelly, below E 14th and above San Leandro Blvd was all built during the war as war housing when the Chevy plant became a producer for war machinery.

At least that's what he said.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era! Great pics!
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Really cool photos!

Bring the streetcars back to Oakland!
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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I don't think that Chevy plant is at 73rd and Foothill.... it's looks like the one near me on Durant and International. I recognize the water tower -- it's still there and painted for the Durant Center.
I think you're right... vestiges of the Durant plant still survive... whereas the Chevrolet plant was knock downed to build Eastmont Mall...

My hobby is Antique cars and Oakland was certainly the manufacturing hub of the West for many decades... there was a thriving manufacturing industry serving the West all the way to Alaska and across the Pacific to Hawaii...

So many small makers of auto accessories and OEM component makers called Oakland home... A friend of mine owned Lahr Spring and Electric in Oakland... he was kind enough to make perfect Model A Ford Springs and Bumpers for me just as he and his father did when they supplied the Ford Plant in Richmond CA...

Sadly, there is almost nothing left of the vast industrial legacy of the East Bay that revolved around Oakland CA
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