Birth on the Water  

View of waterfront ca. 1853The waterfront at the foot of Broadway was the site of the first cluster of tents and wooden buildings that would, in 1852, become Oakland. Steamboats landed at the Broadway Wharf, carrying both passengers and cargoes to and from San Francisco. By the mid-1850s, it was even possible to buy a commuter ticket on the ferry.

In 1863, a new ferry landing was established at Oakland Point at the end of 7th St. Ferries could land here without having to enter the shallow estuary. 7th St. developed as the route between downtown and the ferry. Served by a local steam train, 7th St. became a thriving commercial strip from downtown through West Oakland.

Deborah Cooper
Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California Logo  "Walk Along the Water"
  Oakland Museum of California, used with permission.

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