Old Oakland has a very interesting story to tell. It begins in the late 1860’s, when the Transcontinental Railway opened its western terminus in Oakland, on Third Street near Broadway. This event marked the beginning of the move of the City’s central district away from the waterfront, a
nd northward along Broadway. The prosperity brought by the Railway began a cycle of growth for Oakland which resulted in the commercial hub of the City being firmly established at Ninth Street and Broadway by 1877. To learn more about the history of Oakland’s original downtown district click here.
Check out the walking tours sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance. Many of these tours focus on bringing Oakland’s history alive.