Remains Found on East End

A construction crew discovered the remains of what is thought to be a Native American in a yard on the 1400 block of Mound Street on Tuesday, May 1. Alameda Police Department notified the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Bureau whose deputies took over the case. 

The deputies will prepare a report for the California Native American Heritage Commission in Sacramento. Members of that commission will determine the final disposition of the remains. They will likely reinter them at the Ohlone Indians Cemetery at Washington Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont.

At 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 12, Alameda Walks will explore the history of the Native American shellmound that gave Mound Street its name. Eric J. Kos will lead the one-hour, 15-minute fitness walk. No pets, please. Meet at Lincoln Park, 1450 High St. 

For more information, call 747-7529, or write prussi@alamedaca.gov.

File photo
This photograph by Edgar Cohen taken around 1900 is accompanied by the caption “Santa Clara Avenue cut through Indian Mound — Alameda.” Native American remains have been found in the vicinity of Mound Street and Santa Clara several times throughout Alameda history. An oyster shellmound once stood in the area bordered by Court Street, Johnson Avenue, Gibbons Drive and Central Avenue. The intersection of Mound and Santa Clara sits near the center of the former mound. In the picture are likely Edgar Cohen’s children, Beatrice, left, and Alfred B. Cohen, named for his grandfather, the railroad baron, Alfred A. Cohen.