Friday, February 15, 2008

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon

Jan 26

We went to Old Oakland today and stopped by first at the Chinese market. There were colorful stalls at the center of the market and a lot of people. We didn't stay long because it was too crowded.

After that, we proceeded to Jack London Square to claim our books (reserved for a week) at Barnes and Noble. The first gift card did not work but we got the second card last Friday. Eric called his dad and we said our thanks.

The history of this area, now known as Jack London Square, dates back to the gold rush days when twice-weekly ferry service between San Francisco docked at the foot of Broadway in Oakland. In 1852, when the Stage Legislature incorporated the Town of Oakland, the first meeting of the board of Town Trustees was held here.

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Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon

Will transport you back to the late 1800’s when oyster beds lined the Estuary shoreline and a young writer developed his thirst for adventure. World-renowned author of over fifty books including “White Fang,” “The Sea Wolf,” and “The Call of the Wild,” Jack London spent many hours in the tavern during his youth. He began by selling newspapers from a barstool at age 10 to seafarers while he collected tales of the sea that he would later include in some of his most famous works.

Originally built in 1880 from the timbers of an old whaling ship, the structure once served as a bunk house for those who worked the local oyster beds. Johnny Heinold later purchased the building for $100 and transformed it into a saloon for seafarers and waterfront workers. It became known as the First and Last Chance in the 1920’s as the first and last place to get a drink from the Oakland end of the Alameda Ferry. In January of 1998, Heinold’s was named as a National Literary Landmark by the Friends of the Library, USA. In September 2000, Heinold’s was added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Cheemah, Mother of the Spirit- Fire

We stopped by at BevMo and bought raspberry lambic ale and root beer. There were some funny names on the beer like these two.


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