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Fascinating Historical Photos of Oakland, California from the 1930s

The 1930s were the continuation of the economic boom of the 1920s in Oakland. The automobile industry was growing rapidly, and the news discoveries of oil in Los Angles and other areas played a considerable role in the economic growth. Oakland was the transit hub of the East Bay until the 1930s when most people moved around on foot or by streetcar. As car ownership became more prevalent in the 1930s, cities proposed expanding their street networks and managing traffic.

Oakland Bay Bridge to San Francisco opened in 1936, and it diversified industrial expansion. In addition to automobiles, the Bay Bridge allowed interurban trains from Key System. Diverse communities across the bay came together because of the transportation improvements. With the opening of the Bay Bridge in 1937, Bartholomew’s plan paved the way for continued growth within Oakland and the larger East Bay region. Drivers in the East Bay suburbs began avoiding downtown Oakland as more cars entered the area.

Below are some historical photos that show what Oakland looked like in the 1930s.

#1 Great Western Power Station, 1930s

Great Western Power Station, 1930s

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#2 Lake Merritt, Oakland, 1930s

Lake Merritt, Oakland, 1930s

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#3 Oakland, 1930s

Oakland, 1930s

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#4 An Oakland Garden, 1930s

An Oakland Garden, 1930s

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#5 Oakland, New City Hall, 1930s

Oakland, New City Hall, 1930s

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#6 Pergola, Mosswood Park, Oakland, 1930s

Pergola, Mosswood Park, Oakland, 1930s

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#7 Airview of Downtown and Uptown Oakland as seen from Broadway and 14th Street, 1932.

Airview of Downtown and Uptown Oakland as seen from Broadway and 14th Street, 1932.

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#8 Cars line up at the toll plaza as far as the eye can see to be the first to cross the new bridge, Oakland, 1936.

Cars line up at the toll plaza as far as the eye can see to be the first to cross the new bridge, Oakland, 1936.

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#9 Oakland Inner Habor, 1930s

Oakland Inner Habor, 1930s

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#10 Piedmont Park Art Gallery, 1930s

Piedmont Park Art Gallery, 1930s

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#11 Private Grounds east 14th approaching Fruitvale Ave, 1930s

Private Grounds east 14th approaching Fruitvale Ave, 1930s

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#12 A smiling woman at the controls of a steam shovel, Oakland, 1930.

A smiling woman at the controls of a steam shovel, Oakland, 1930.

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#13 Boat Landing walk and boulevard, Lake Merritt

Boat Landing walk and boulevard, Lake Merritt

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#14 Girl at Hayward, 1930s

Girl at Hayward, 1930s

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#15 Linda Vista Terrace, 1930s

Linda Vista Terrace, 1930s

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#16 New $20,000.00 Boat Landing, Lake Merritt, Oakland, 1930s

New $20,000.00 Boat Landing, Lake Merritt, Oakland, 1930s

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#17 Piedmont Park, Oakland, 1930s

Piedmont Park, Oakland, 1930s

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#18 Side View, F. M. Smith Home, Oakland, 1930s

Side View, F. M. Smith Home, Oakland, 1930s

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#19 Under the Oaks, Mosswood Park, Oakland, 1930s

Under the Oaks, Mosswood Park, Oakland, 1930s

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#20 Up the hill from City Hall, Oakland, 1930s

Up the hill from City Hall, Oakland, 1930s

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#21 Archbishop dedicates Oaklands as new school, 1931.

Archbishop dedicates Oaklands as new school, 1931.

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#22 Police guarding trucks containing Panay bombing films at Oakland, 1937.

Police guarding trucks containing Panay bombing films at Oakland, 1937.

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#23 Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon in Oakland, 1936.

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon in Oakland, 1936.

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#24 Dredging [and] dumping rock on bullshead wall, 6500 ft. long in …

Dredging [and] dumping rock on bullshead wall, 6500 ft. long in ...

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#25 The Hights, Joaquin Miller’s Home, 1930s

The Hights, Joaquin Miller's Home, 1930s

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#26 Oakland Waterfront dredging for 30 ft. channel, 1930s

Oakland Waterfront dredging for 30 ft. channel, 1930s

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#27 Piedmont Park, Oakland, 1930s

Piedmont Park, Oakland, 1930s

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#28 Residence on Lake Merritt, 1930s

Residence on Lake Merritt, 1930s

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#29 View from front of a wrecked Oakland Sedan, 1932.

View from front of a wrecked Oakland Sedan, 1932.

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#30 Alameda Beach, bathing

Alameda Beach, bathing

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#31 Entrance to F. M. Smith’s residence, 1930s

Entrance to F. M. Smith's residence, 1930s

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