Selections from the Oakland Tribune Archives

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The landmark Oakland Tribune clock tower has been telling the time in neon in downtown Oakland since it was built in 1923, but the paper itself first appeared on city streets as early as 1874. For over a half century, the paper was owned and published by the influential and civic-minded Knowland family, who spearheaded efforts to modernize the Port of Oakland, construct the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, and establish a regional park system for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake, the damaged clock tower on Thirteenth Street–where Harry Houdini once hung by his heels above gawking crowds on Broadway–was sadly vacant, but today it is once again busy with the buzz and bustle of the newsroom.
ISBN: 9780738546780
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Annalee Allen, longtime Oakland Tribune landmark columnist and Oakland Tours program coordinator, spent time in the newsroom morgue, bringing these precious images back into the light. She tells the tale of both the city's largest newspaper and the vibrant and colorful city that grew up around it, highlighting well-known Oaklanders including industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, parks director William P. Mott, Oakland mayor Lionel Wilson, and Robert Maynard, the Tribune's publisher and editor-in-chief from 1982 to 1992.
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