Between 1873 and 1923 a 3' gauge steam railroad operated here, between a quarry in north Oakland and a rock crushing plant closer to downtown Oakland. It was originally built by the Oakland Paving Company and later operated by the Blake & Bilger Company. After abandonment in 1923 the right-of-way was filled in by housing, but you can easily see where it was by the non-aligned orientation of the houses. The old quarry is visible to the north-east - it is now a reservoir, next to the Pleasant Valley shopping center.
By jef @ 2006-08-07 21:11:30