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

Not one, but two lines define the border between California and Nevada. One is the official boundary that the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USGS) laid out in 1893. Twenty years earlier, Alexis W. Von Schmidt, who lived out his days in Alameda, had surveyed that “other” boundary, appropriately called the “Von Schmidt line.” 

Much like sailors of his day, von Schmidt used the stars to define his position while surveying his version of the boundary. USGS used more accurate information about longitude not available to von Schmidt.  

The “increasingly popular” Alameda Walks program will take a journey through the history of Bay Farm Island Saturday, June 1, with the help of Alameda Sun Publishers Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos. The walk will trace the original shoreline  and discuss topics including Bay Farm’s early settlers and the development of its neighborhoods. 

Meet at 9 a.m. at Godfrey Park, 281 Beach Road. The walk lasts about one hour and 15 minutes. 

Learn more about Alameda Walks at www.alamedaca.gov.

Alameda residents Lyle and Susanne La Faver traveled to Manzanar National Historic Site for the 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage. More than 2,000 people, spanning generations, ethnicities and religions, participated in the April 27 event, which included speakers, awards, interfaith service and small- and large-group discussions.

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate Black History Month Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Speakers include the award-winning author of more than 30 books, Ishmael Reed, his daughter, Tennessee Reed, Fairfield’s first Poet Laureate, Juanita Martin and poet-singer-songwriter Boundless Gratitude, also known as Haussan Jones-Bey.

The Alameda Free Library will present a discussion in honor of Black History Month with local historian Rasheed Shabazz on Black Migrations: from Africa to Alameda. Shabazz will discuss 20th-century black migration from Africa to Alameda, and how black people moved within Alameda and were removed from Alameda during the 1990s. 

The discussion has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stafford Room at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Free admission, no registration required. To find out more, visit www.alamedafree.org.