Emeryville (Images of America Series)

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Emeryville, one tough square mile wedged between Oakland and Berkeley with its back to the bay, has a gritty, colorful history and a bright future. Before the Gold Rush, its creek-fed grasslands served as a huge slaughtering ground for the Peralta family's hide and tallow operations. Later, railroad tracks crisscrossed a community formed on the fringe of Oakland to catch its cultural and industrial refuse. The stench from stockyards and slaughterhouses, the happy roar of a crowd at the Oakland Oaks Ball Park, ...
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Overview


Emeryville, one tough square mile wedged between Oakland and Berkeley with its back to the bay, has a gritty, colorful history and a bright future. Before the Gold Rush, its creek-fed grasslands served as a huge slaughtering ground for the Peralta family's hide and tallow operations. Later, railroad tracks crisscrossed a community formed on the fringe of Oakland to catch its cultural and industrial refuse. The stench from stockyards and slaughterhouses, the happy roar of a crowd at the Oakland Oaks Ball Park, acidic plumes from steel and petroleum manufacture, pomaded swells rubbing elbows with rowdies at the racetrack, and smoky gambling dens were all part of old Emeryville. Recently, an innovative, business-friendly city government brought about a striking economic transformation, making once-blighted Emeryville--now home to corporate giants like Pixar Animation Studios and IKEA--the envy of its neighbors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738530062
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/17/2005
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 994,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Hausler, former librarian; Nancy Smith, former library assistant at the Oakland Public Library; and Seth Lunine, a doctoral student at UC Berkeley; make up a talented research team from the Emeryville Historical Society.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
1 Nature Transformed: Early History 9
2 The Town Without a Church: Incorporation and Infrastructure 19
3 Constructing the Crossroads: Transportation 31
4 Industry Builds the City: Emeryville's Business 45
5 Civic Institutions: Gambling and Vice 59
6 Biplanes and Baseball: Sports 71
7 Great Escapes: Recreation and Dining 83
8 The Strips: San Pablo and Park Avenues 95
9 Emeryville in the Second Gold Rush: World War II 109
10 Rebirth: The Contemporary City 119
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