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Vestiges Of Western Union 2
2016-10-21 15:03
Another variant of the Western Union utility-hole lid, at 14th and Broadway. (Here’s the first.) There’s always something new to see, no matter where you are Read More
M. Greenberg’s Sons Gas
2016-10-14 15:03
Over at, they say that Morris Greenberg invented the “California” type of fire hydrant, and already I’m dizzy at this glimpse of obscure industrial history… Read More
G. G. C. Co.
2016-10-07 15:03
The peculiar round mark of the Golden Gate Construction Co. is so rare that I had to document this example, one of two at 5519 and 5527 Market Street. The company was in existence in the fi… Read More
Sidewalk Maker: Carl T. Petersen
2016-09-30 13:31
Carl T. Petersen paved a lot of Oakland over the years, and he had many years, starting in the mid-1920s and lasting into the 1950s. This 1952 mark at 2009 Capp Street is a good example of… Read More
A Few More Marks
2016-09-23 15:03
Over the last month or so I’ve run across a few marks I missed or dismissed during the big survey. 1920 – F & R Farrer 3070 Champion Street The date is barely a whisper; at… Read More
Early Concrete, Or Artificial Stone
2016-09-16 15:02
The sidewalks of Oakland were not paved with concrete until the late 1800s. Before that, pedestrians were shielded from the dust and mud of the roadside with gravel paths or timber boardwalk… Read More
A Potter Built Home
2016-09-02 15:02
I came upon this mark by a house somewhere around 90th Avenue and Thermal Street last year. Gene Anderson, one of the ever-helpful guys behind the Oakland Wiki, sleuthed out the identity of… Read More
Sidewalk Maker: Frank Salamid
2016-08-26 15:03
Frank Paul Salamid was born Francisco Paolo Salamido in the town of Monopoli, way down in the heel of Italy, on 23 October 1881. Family lore has it that he was in town for the 1906 earthquak… Read More
2016-08-19 15:03
The artist Mark Bulwinkle is widely known for his exuberant sculptures in uncoated steel. His signature series in the East Bay Bridge shopping plaza (or, as he calls it, Bulwinkle Plaza) sur… Read More

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