Claremont, Oakland/Berkeley, California

Claremont, Oakland/Berkeley, California

The Claremont district is a neighborhood straddling the city limits of Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay section of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. The main thoroughfares are Claremont and Ashby Avenues.

The name was given in the late 19th century by a real estate developer. Previously, the area was grazing land owned by a man named Harwood. Harwood's name was given to the canyon and the creek draining the canyon, previously shown on maps as the north fork of Temescal Creek. When a telegraph line was strung through this canyon, it was dubbed "Telegraph Canyon". A stage coach line ran up the canyon and over the summit into Contra Costa County. This became an early auto route over the Berkeley Hills until the first auto tunnel opened up in the 1910s at the top of Old Tunnel Road to the south of Claremont Canyon, above where the Caldecott Tunnel is today.

Today, Harwood's/Telegraph Canyon is Claremont Canyon, and Harwood's Creek is Claremont Creek.

In the early 1900s real estate interests associated with the Key System built the Claremont Hotel at the mouth of Claremont Canyon. The Key System ran one of its commuter train lines directly to the hotel up Claremont Avenue until service ended in 1958. This train became the transbay "E" train upon completion of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

The principal west-east thoroughfare through the Claremont was at first Russell Street which led directly to the road up Claremont Canyon. With the opening up of the tunnel however, Ashby became the more convenient approach to the Tunnel Road and was improved over the years to channel through traffic, being designated State Route 24 and connected to the Eastshore Highway (now "Freeway") in southwest Berkeley. Upon completion of the Grove-Shafter Freeway, it was re-designated State Route 13.

The Claremont district was one of the areas affected by the 1991 Oakland firestorm. The flames came within a few blocks of the Claremont Hotel, destroying much of the area northeast of Tunnel Road.

External links

* More on Claremont merchants and homes []

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Berkeley California — Berkeley DEC …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Berkeley, California — Berkeley (Californie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Berkeley. Berkeley …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Berkeley, California — Infobox Settlement official name = City of Berkeley settlement type = City nickname = motto = imagesize = image caption = Berkeley looking northwest as seen from the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. image image mapsize = 250x200px map caption …   Wikipedia

  • West Berkeley, Berkeley, California — Coordinates: 37°52′28″N 122°17′55″W / 37.87444°N 122.29861°W / 37.87444; 122.29861 West Berkeley is generally the area …   Wikipedia

  • Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley, California — Downtown Berkeley   Neighborhood of Berkeley   Downtown Berkeley in the foreground, with San Francisco …   Wikipedia

  • Northside, Berkeley, California — Northside   Neighborhood of Berkeley   A view of the Euclid Avenue business district, through the university s North Gate …   Wikipedia

  • Cragmont, Berkeley, California — Coordinates: 37°53′43″N 122°15′54″W / 37.89528°N 122.265°W / 37.89528; 122.265 …   Wikipedia

  • Elmwood, Berkeley, California — The Elmwood District is a neighborhood of the City of Berkeley, California. It is primarily residential, with a small commercial area. The district does not have set lines of demarcation, but is focused around College and Ashby Avenues. The most… …   Wikipedia

  • Claremont — can refer to: Contents 1 Place names 1.1 Australia 1.2 Canada 1.3 …   Wikipedia

  • Oakland Firestorm of 1991 — Infrared aerial photograph of the firestorm. The Highway 13/24 intersection is at center. The Oakland Firestorm of 1991 was a large urban fire that occurred on the hillsides of northern Oakland, California, and southeastern Berkeley on Sunday… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.