Voices from Rockridge’s early days

on May 15, 2012

Oakland’s Rockridge district was founded 133 years ago and to this day remains one of the few areas in the city that has kept much of its historical character. Residents during the neighborhood’s early days remember it for picnics on “Big Rock” and that people got around on horses, or by foot, in the days before mechanized transportation became available. In 1954, local historian Frank X. Flood interviewed many of Rockridge’s first settlers about what it was like back in the “good old days.” These are their memories in their own words as recorded by Flood’s Historical Writings on Oakland’s Rockridge District Based on Reminiscences of Early Residents, and read by Oakland North Reporters.

Image: Courtesy of the Oakland History Room.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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