History

Hotel Replaced Palace

Jul 16,2020

John Barton owned the Union Pacific Salt Company that produced 20,000 tons of salt a year. He had this 15,000-square-foot home built on Broadway in 1879 and lived here with his wife Isabella and children William and Grace until his death in 1900.

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Alameda Museum &nbsp&nbsp Captain R. R. Thompson in the top hat visited the men who bore the first wells for the Artesian Water Works on today’s Thompson Avenue.

Alameda: the Story of its Water

Jul 09,2020

Editor’s note: Under normal circumstances, Alameda Sun publishers Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky would be leading history tours for the city’s “Alameda Walks” program this time of the year. Instead, Eric and Dennis are presenting six weeks of history stories.

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Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp This display at the Coyote Point museum gives us an idea as to how the Ohlone lived along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. They fashioned their boats and homes from the branches of willow trees and tule reeds.

Remembering the Ohlone: Alameda’s first inhabitants

Jul 02,2020

Today’s Island City began life as a peninsula where Native Americans, members of the Ohlone tribe, first lived more than 3,000 years ago. These first settlers took advantage of the climate and the readily available staples — acorns, game, fresh water and oysters.

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Fire Lays Fernside in Ashes

Jun 25,2020

The Cohen family estate Fernside burned in a spectacular fire that started in the attic on Tuesday morning, March 23, 1897. A man driving a milk wagon noticed smoke coming from the roof of the mansion just after 6 a.m., and sounded the alarm.

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'Big Reds’ Take Over

Jun 25,2020

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 destroyed the bridge that the South Pacific Coast Railroad used to cross San Leandro Bay east to Encinal Avenue. It also made the tracks that ran along today’s Main Street on the West End unusable. 

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Things Haven’t Changed Much

May 14,2020

In this 1918 photo courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library, a San Francisco police officer confronts a man in public for not wearing a facemask. The Spanish flu pandemic 102 years ago, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic believed to be caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus.

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