Historic McGee-Spaulding District

Historic McGee-Spaulding District (HMJCW)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94703 Alameda County
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N 37° 51.756', W 122° 16.732'

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Berkeley History

The District was part of the land granted by the king of Spain in 1820 to the Luis Peralta Family. The land was later purchased from Jose Domingo Peralta by four San Francisco businessmen. In 1855, James McGee (1814-1899), a newly arrived Irish immigrant, purchased and began farming 115 acres east of California Street. McGee was elected to Berkeley's first Board of Trustees in 1878.

In 1876, the Spaulding Tract, west of California Street, was subdivided by the Oakland Land Association and offered for sale in quarter-acre lots. The McGee Tract was surveyed and divided into blocks and roads; The map was filed with the County of Alameda in May 1886. Even after the District was completely subdivided it remained sparsely populated and semi-rural for two decades, with fields of wheat and barley, cows tethered at pasture, and Strawberry Creek running through to the Bay.

After the 1906 Earthquake, people from San Francisco searching for new home sites began moving into the District. It did not become part of the urban pattern until 1912, when the Southern Pacific ran a line of its Red Train electric railway down California Street. It served commuters to Oakland and San Francisco until 1933.

This island was planted by local residents in 2005, and the plaque was donated by the McGee-Spaulding-Hardy Historic Interest Group.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
Year Placed2008
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 1:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 563431 N 4190815
Decimal Degrees37.86260000, -122.27886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.756', W 122° 16.732'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 45.36" N, 122° 16' 43.92" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2447-2499 California St, Berkeley CA 94703, US
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