Old Oakland Walking Tour

Walk through what was once the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad! Formerly Oakland’s bustling downtown district in the days of railroads and streetcars, this area’s grand, brick, commercial Victorian buildings, now restored, continue to thrive as offices, galleries and eateries. Visit the historic Washington Inn, G.B. Ratto & Co. International Grocers, Swans Marketplace and the “Friends of the Library” bookstore.

Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of G.B. Ratto & Co., 821 Washington Street.

Parking is available at the Oakland Convention Center, enter at 11th and Clay streets.  Organizers won't be able to offer carpool this time, but encourage others to arrange it via the comment section.


Before RSVPing for the Meetup, please make your own reservation with the tour folks themselves.  [That way if you fail to show up, we organizers will not look bad for having taken up spots for people who backed out, as happened to us in the past.]

To make a reservation for Tour 1 (this tour)  please call 510)[masked] or e-mail [masked]. Please include the specific tour and date you are requesting in your message.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh the bus is late so I will be a few minutes late getting there sorry

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the phone # ?

    July 26, 2013

    • Kathleen

      To make a reservation for Tour 1 (this tour) please call 510)[masked] or e-mail [masked]. Please include the specific tour and date you are requesting in your message.

      July 26, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Don't forget to call for reservations for the walk, everybody.

    July 26, 2013

  • Karen

    I have RSVP'd with the walking tour, but I need to car pool with someone.... anyone interested in carpooling? I live in San Mateo, but can meet you somewhere, just don't want to drive alone

    July 25, 2013

  • Meetha

    Cant get a ride so I cancelled my reservation and made other plans for Saturday. Hope to make another event soon.

    July 24, 2013

  • Sandeep B.

    Is anyone carpooling?

    July 10, 2013

    • Meetha

      Looks like I won't be able to ride with Kathleen since they have other plans and I don't feel comfortable driving long distances in unfamiliar areas alone. Can I ride up with you?

      July 21, 2013

    • Sandeep B.

      I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to make it to this event.. I'll confirm this tomorrow..

      July 22, 2013

  • guy h.

    I might attend the Vallejo event, don't know yet. Hi ron & Kathleen

    July 16, 2013

  • Laura L

    Wish I could make this one but, I'm out of town this weekend :-( You know, the 12rh Street BART station is only about 6 blocks away.

    July 10, 2013

  • Meetha

    Can I ride w/ you guys from Sunnyvale?

    July 7, 2013

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