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
Courtesy photo - Sarah Hackett as she appeared in a local newspaper in December 1900.

A Story for Black History Month

Feb 26,2015

In recent weeks I helped host a citywide spelling bee in Alameda that was thought to be the first such event in recent memory. It has come to my attention that a district-wide spelling bee in 1900 holds an important place in Alameda history. 

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Larry Pirack in the China Clipper room

Relive Alameda’s Historic Airmail Flight

Feb 26,2015

Alameda Naval Air Museum curator Larry Pirack discusses the role the Martin M-130 China Clipper played in the history of Alameda. The plane took off from Alameda Airport on Nov. 22, 1935, on history’s first trans-Pacific flight of a commercial airline.

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File photo -- Birds take refuge in the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary as oil booms help corral an oil spill on San Francisco Bay in this 2010 photograph.

Refuge, Retreat: Elsie Roemer’s Legacy

Feb 19,2015

In 1965, the Golden Gate Audubon Society began working with Alameda conservationist Elsie Roemer to stop the Utah Construction and Mining Company from filling in salt marshes on Bay Farm Island.

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Alameda Musuem - Robert R. Thompson

Lincoln Park Denizen Made His Fortune in Oregon

Jul 03,2014

Captain Robert R. Thompson once lived in a stately mansion in today’s Lincoln Park. Before coming to Alameda he made his fortune as a principal shareholder of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company. Thompson came overland to Oregon in 1846 on an emigrant wagon train.  

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