Useful Information for Oakland CA
Oakland CA is one of the most physically diverse populations in the state as well as the nation. It is currently the eighth largest city in the state of California and the county seat of Alameda. Incorporated at the relatively early date of 1852, it is the true heart of the area known as the East Bay.
Originally used for timber needed for the rapid growth in San Francisco, the proximity of the land to the metropolitan city led to its’ population growth, especially since so much of the forest was gone. The city of Oakland grow rapidly following the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906 when many residents fled the area looking for a safe spot to rebuild their homes and businesses.
Further growth occurred when gold was discovered in the state in the year 1850, and the miners needed businesses to supply them with all of their prospecting needs. The true wealth went not to the miners but to the general mercantile stores.
The arrival of the railroad in the late 1860’s led to truly rapid growth for the population looking to go West and seek their fortune. Many grand mansions were now found in the city, and the addition of streetcars made it easier for the general population to get around. The later addition of inter-city rail lines and the fleet of ferries helped the city to achieve even higher levels of growth.
Oakland today is home to businesses, restaurants and fine shopping that keep both the residents and tourists happy. The Oakland A’s baseball team and the Oakland Raiders football team are also great draws, as evidenced by the many devoted fans who fill the respective stadiums. For those who do not wish to drive, nearby Bart can be used.
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