On Oct. 19, 1880, the City of Alameda founded its fire department. That same year Artesian Water Company founder Robert R. Thompson’s mansion was rising up on High Street, not far from the street that bears his name today. On Nov. 17 three fire-fighting companies formed. One, Thompson Hose Company No. 1, bore his name.
The crowds were out on Thompson Avenue, ahem, excuse me, Christmas Tree Lane again last Saturday, to start off one of the Island City’s treasured annual holiday traditions. Nearly all of the houses along the lane present over-the-top lighted decorations that have featured everything from an animatronic Night Before Christmas to Star Wars’ BB-8. Good ol’ St. Nicholas himself even drops by for a visit, starting this weekend. Christmas Tree Lane will remain lit every night through
New Year’s Eve, which falls on a Sunday this year.