Oakland's territory covers what was once a mosaic of coastal terrace prairie, oak woodland, and north coastal scrub. Oakland served as a rich resource when its hillside oak and redwood timber were logged to build San Francisco, and Oakland's fertile flatland soils helped it become a prolific agricultural region. During the California Gold Rush, Oakland became the main staging post for passengers and cargo journeying between the Bay Area and the Sierra foothills. In the late 1860s, Oakland was selected as the western terminal of the Transcontinental Railroad. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, many San Franciscans left that city's destruction, and a great number of Oakland's homes were built during the 1910s and 1920s. Read More About Us
Old Oakland Merchants Association, 2011
Upcoming Event: Old Oakland Beach Party December 5th, 2011 and Oakland Beach
Leave your snowsuit in the closet, and ditch the suit and tie. All you need is a swimsuit when you escape to the HOTTEST winter destination -- the 2012 Winter Party Festival in beautiful Oakland, CA!