Park Street Business District Walking Tour
Park Street has been the center of Alameda’s business district since the railroad came to town in 1864. Join Alameda Post Historian Dennis Evanosky for a walk to discuss the history of many of the vintage commercial buildings that are still in use today. We’ll learn what is hiding behind some of the modern facades, and what buildings are no longer standing. Highlights will include the Artesian Waterworks, the Masonic Temple, and the original Bureau of Electricity building that stood at the corner of what is now Otis Drive. This tour will repeat on Sunday, February 25, 2024.
To prepare you for the tour Dennis will present a short—one hour or less—illustrated lecture over Zoom on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. to provide additional context. This lecture is optional, and you will enjoy and learn from each tour even without attending the introductory presentation. The link to watch the lecture live will be sent to ticket holders before the event, and it will also be recorded and made available afterwards to all who register.
The tour will end at back at the Alameda Museum, where volunteers will offer a special tour of the collection. Our walking tour should cover 90–100 minutes over 1–2 miles. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes as well as sunblock and bring water. Mobility devices, strollers (kids under 6 are FREE!), and well-behaved (or especially cute) dogs are always welcome.
Image: Park Street looking West from the Artesian Waterworks tower c. 1890s. Alameda Museum photo.