After a month in New Orleans, I am back in Alameda, California. That means it's back to work I go. While in New Orleans, I had a great time; however, here are some fun facts about Alameda.
- Alameda is a Spanish word that means a grove or lane of poplar trees.
- In 1795, Sergeant Pedro Amador visited the region, and in his report used the word alameda for grove. This was the first time the word was used to describe what is now called Alameda.
- The first group of people to live on the island of Alameda were the Miwok Native Americans.
- The native plants of Alameda include oak trees, Douglas firs, cattails, dandelions, miner's lettuce, and manzanita.
- In 1863, the first eucalyptus trees in America were planted in Alameda from seeds that a man named Bishop Taylor sent to his family while serving as a missionary in Australia. All eucalyptus trees in America are offspring from these seeds.
- Alameda experienced growing pains while becoming a city. In 1872 citizens complained to the town government because people were tethering their horses, cows, and goats on such long ropes that they were blocking auto traffic in the streets.
- Alameda had a sausage factory in 1879. With no electricity, the factory got its power from 3 trained dogs that walked on a treadmill to turn the grinders and the stuffing machines.
- In June of 1890, Alameda became the first California city to own and operate its own electrical system. It was called the Bureau of Electricity and Alameda Electric Light and Power System.
- Crab Cove, on the site formerly known as Neptune Beach in Alameda, is where both the American snow cone and the popsicle were first sold in 1922.
- Completed in 1928, the Posey Tube that connects Alameda to Oakland is the second largest underwater tunnel in the United States.
- The first professional baseball games in California were played at Croll's Gardens in Alameda.
- Writers Robert Lewis Stevenson, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain), and Jack London lived in Alameda.
These facts come from the A Look at Alameda workbook available at Bay Farm Elementary School.
Appreciating where I live is alive in the lab.