Alameda County, California

 Alameda County is situated on the eastern shore of San Francisco bay, six miles from San Francisco. It has an area of 737 square miles. In wealth and population it ranks third of the counties. Its population, according to the census of 1880, was 69,976, but it is now estimated at 120,000. Oakland, the county seat, is noted for its handsome streets and gardens, and its many churches and schools. It furnishes suburban homes for many San Franciscans, as it is connected with the metropolis by two lines of ferries. Other large towns are Alameda, Berkeley the seat of the State University, and Livermore. The county consists mainly of gently rolling foothill land, admirably adapted to fruit and the vine. Its wheat fields are rapidly being converted into orchards and vineyards. Oakland is one of the great shipping points for green fruit to the East, as well as the seat of large manufactures. Its growth in two years has been marvelous, and it now has 60,000 people. The county produces all kinds of fruit and garden produce, wheat, barley, hay and sugar-beets. Its assessed valuation in 1889 was $71,986,282.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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