Archive for May, 2008

The Old Tunnel (one of them)

3 May 2008

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The former car tunnel through the Oakland hills had its entrance (or its exit, whichever you prefer) here at the top of Tunnel Road. The road is very popular with bicyclists now, and in the five years since I took these photos new houses have been built and things cleaned up in general.

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At the little space in the intersection where the fare gates must have been is this pedestal and plaque. Would love to hear some of the history of this.

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And, of course, the rocks. Here we have the Claremont Chert so typical of the northern Oakland hills. I need to visit here again soon, although it’s probably less accessible now.

The other old tunnel is at the top of Shepherd Canyon, where the train used to go.


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