History of Alameda

A collection of articles on Alameda History by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos


Alameda Chamber of Commerce postcard of Neptune Beach

From left to right: Mayor Trish Spencer swears in new Alameda Museum board members: Board President Dennis Evanosky, Vice President Johanna Hall, Adam Gillitt, Jim Smallman, Secretary Valerie Turpen, Adam Koltun, Charlie Howell, Treasurer Bob Risley and Evelyn Kennedy. Not pictured: new director Robin Seeley.

Each year the Alameda Museum hosts a luncheon fundraiser that includes the official appointment of the museum board of directors.

Briggs Avenue between High Street and Fernside Boulevard on the East End recalls George Gregg Briggs, who owned the property that the street traverses.

Briggs was a Forty-Niner who first tried his luck in the gold fields along the Yuba River. The Ohio native didn’t spend much time digging for gold, however. Instead he turned to a profession deeply rooted in his family, growing fruit. A contemporary report said that Briggs first cultivated watermelon.

Developer tour Saturday

On Saturday, March 28, the developer for Site A at Alameda Point, Alameda Point Partners, will be leading a one-mile tour of the area they intend to develop. To join the walk, gather outside 1800 Ferry Point at 10 a.m.

Transportation for persons with disabilities will be provided, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email alamedapoint@alamedaca.gov with name, phone number and number of seats required.

The USS Nashville stands watch in the distance as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 bombers sit at the ready aboard USS Hornet on the way to Japan. Doolittle and his Tokyo Raiders bombed Japan in 1942

Wednesday, April 18, 1942, lives in the hearts of American World War II historians. That’s the day — 142 days after Pearl Harbor — that Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle’s 16 modified B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb Japan.

A train blew up outside Croll’s in 1903


Famous pugilist Jim Corbett lay asleep in his bed when the sound of an explosion awakened him at 7 a.m. He was in town with his brother Harry training with J. C. Croll. Jim was staying in a house on Railroad Avenue (today’s Lincoln Avenue) near Sixth Street. He thought little of the noise, rolled over and went back to sleep. “I thought it was an earthquake,” he later told Harry.