Oakland and Surroundings was an early (published 1885) bit of boosterism, a book extolling the virtues of Oakland. It is full of lithographs of buildings and sights around Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, with text describing the ”advantages for residence or business”.

The book was printed by W.W. Elliott, a publisher with offices at 921 Broadway. Even in 1885, people recognized things like the great weather and location.


Oakland and surroundings illustrated and described, showing its advantages for residence or business.


W.W. Elliott in Oakland, CA, and LaVergne, TN : Nabu Public Domain, 2010.


1885 [original] 2010 [republished]


Library of Congress: F869.02 O18

Dewey Decimal: 979.46 Oakland

Physical Info 157 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.



Access: Print Library: Oakland Public Library
Access: Online Online: archive.org - full text

Wilcox Block, 1885

Pages tagged “Oakland and Surroundings book”

Numbered #3 (top), #4 (left) and #5 in the book, these edifices are never explained. Sharp-eyed Oakland history nuts may, however, note the high similarity of #3 to A.K.P. Harmon’s home; from this angle, Lake Merritt would be hidden behind the house.

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