Historic Mural Unveiled at Wescafe

Photo by Eric J. Kos

A new artistic rendition of 1860s Webster Street at Lincoln (formerly Railroad) Avenue has been unveilled at Wescafe, a West End eatery.

The vision is the creation of prolific mural artist Dan Fontes, of San Rafael, perhaps known best for the giraffes he painted on supports for I-580 in Oakland. Fontes is also a board member for the nearby Pacific Pinball Museum where he founded the museum mural program focused on pinball art.

Railroad history is quite significant in Alameda, since the city is the original terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Fontes’ rendition used some artistic license as the steam train historically ran east-west across Webster Street on its way to a wharf, ferry and San Francisco beyond. A plaque affixed to a bench commemorates this event at Webster and Lincoln.

See this unique vision of Alameda’s past inside the cafe at 1536 Webster St. Find out more about Fontes and his other works at www.danfontes.com.