History Tour Series: Old Oakland
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G.B. Ratto & Co. Grocers | 821 Washington Street, Oakland CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Downtown Oakland is undergoing a renaissance (let’s not call it gentrification, just to be nice). Local residents and visitors can glimpse both today’s happening scene and landmarks from Oakland’s past during the 2011 Oakland Tours season.
There are eight different tours, each led by a volunteer guide and beginning at 10 a.m. from various starting locations depending on the itinerary.
[ RSVP — Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to email@example.com. ]
Today’s Tour: Old Oakland
Walk through what was once the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad! Formerly Oakland’s bustling downtown district in the days of railroads and streetcars, this area’s grand, brick, commercial Victorian buildings, now restored, continue to thrive as offices, galleries and eateries. Visit the historic Washington Inn, G.B. Ratto & Co. International Grocers, Swans Marketplace and the “Friends of the Library” bookstore. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of G.B. Ratto & Co., 821 Washington Street.
This tour (Number 1 ) also meets on Wednesdays on Aug 24 & Oct 26. Saturdays on Sept 24.