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As a town, Oakland didnít regain control of its waterfront until after 1906, when Western Pacific asked the town for a transport terminal near the waterfront. When Oakland granted the terminal, Southern Pacific sought an injunction in federal court, which ended with the courtís clarification that the city, rather than Carpentierís partnership with Central Pacific, was the waterfrontís rightful owner. Now under the guidance of the city, the port had grown to become accessible to the largest of merchant vessels by 1920. The Posey Tube was constructed to replace the navigation-impeding Webster Street drawbridge. Fresh fruit was now brought in by rail, processed in local canneries and exported by rail and ship. Oakland became and still is a leading exporter of canned and dried fruits.

During W.W.I, estuary shipyards like Bethlehemís Alameda Plant and Moore & Scott Ironworks bustled with prosperity- each employing some 12,000 people, and each completing some 12 steel freighters each year. In the 1920s, the Panama Canal opened new trade routes, and increased cargo shipment. Larger steamships evolved, requiring larger berths. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 within the city government to meet evolving demands of the shipping trade. It was now possible for perishable goods, like Golden Glow Beer, which was brewed in Oakland, to be distributed nationally. As W.W.II hit, the Port of Oakland became

Howard terminal

the nationís busiest military port, its shipyards producing hundreds of new cargo ships, troop transports, and ocean-going tugs. After the war, most shipyards closed, and much of the portís energy moved to waterfront tourism and airport expansion, a trend that lasted through the 1960s.

When container shipping was introduced in the early 1960ís, the Port evolved to resemble what you see today. The rows of immense cranes are something you would only see at a major container port. Dock-side cranes are more than 125 feet tall, can lift 100,000 pounds of cargo between ship and shore, and are backed by rail-mounted stacking cranes that move containers to storage. Ever-expanding, the Port of Oakland now has 10 container terminals with 30 cranes, and covers 600 acres. Though the Port controls another 15 miles of waterfront, the Webster Street and Posey tubes prevent deep draft ships from going beyond the Charles P. Howard Terminal, so the shipping side of the Port ends at Jack London Square. Handling 98% of Bayís

container cargo shipping, the Port of Oakland has gone from gold rush start-up to western terminus of transcontinental railroad and 5th largest intermodal port in the nation. The Port of Oakland offers Harbor Tours to the public (510)627-1188.

Apart from the Port of Oakland, the first thing youíll notice about the estuary from the ferry is Jack London Square, a popular gathering place for waterfront dining, strolling and shopping. The square hosts a farmers market Sunday mornings, and often has outdoor concerts. Trust you instincts in navigating the maze of shops and restaurants here: some are seafood driven formal dining opportunities; many are familiar chains, and you really canít go wrong. For a quick bite, try the cafe at Barnes and Noble or the deli at Jackís Bistro. Yoshiís, a Japanese restaurant by day, as well as a regional jazz Mecca with live music every night. Heinholdís First and Last Chance Saloon provides your link to the past along this part of the waterfront. Jack London hung out here, even borrowed tuition money from the bar tender. Heinholdís is still-a 100 years and counting-a full service bar. The adjacent Jack Londonís cabin was transported here from the Yukon by

port officials in 1970 to accompany the saloon in entertaining visitors, and there are plaques revealing the history of Jack Londonís Oakland waterfront. (The Londonís left their mark all over Oakland. Check out the Literary Guide to the Bay Area, City Lights Books, San Francisco to learn more.)

 

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Sand Castle contest at Crown Beach- (510)521-6887

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios, www.proartsgallery.org

Port of Oakland Harbor Tours hotline-(610)627-1188, www.portofoakland.com

Jack London Square summer concert series-(510)208-4646

Fruitvale Walking Tour The Oakland Heritage Alliance-(510)763-9218)

Black Panther Legacy Tours-(510)986-0660, www.blackpanthertours.com

Oakland Walking Tours Program- free walking tours of the downtown areas: Chinatown, Jack London Waterfront, or Old Oakland Historic District. Wednesdays and Saturdays May through October-(510) 238-3234, www.oaklandnet.com

Jack London Square

Events hotline-(510)814-6000

Waterfront Plaza Hotel-Ten Washington St.-(510)836-3800

Jack London Inn -444 Embarcadero- (510)444-2032

Dockside Boat and Bed-419 Water St.-(510)444-5858

Best Western Inn at the Square-Broadway & 3rd-(510)452-4565

Potomac Visitor Center-540 Water St.-(510)627-1215

California Canoe and Kayak-409 Water St.-(510)893-7833

Heinoldís First and Last Chance Saloon-Jack London Square-(510)839-6761

Barnes and Noble-Foot of Broadway-(510272-0120

Jackís Bistro-Foot of Broadway-(510)444-7171

Scottís-2 Broadway-(510)444-3456

Kincaidís Bayhouse-1 Franklin-(510)835-8600

Il Pescadore-57 Jack London Square- (510)465-2188

Embarcadero/Art Studios

Pro Arts Gallery -461 Ninth St.-(888)625-6873, www.proartsgallery.org