The front page of the Richmond Independent announces the death of
President Franklin Roosevelt. Courtesy Richmond Museum of History.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
From the Richmond Independent we present this photo of the winners of the annual Easter Egg Hunt in El Cerrito in 1945.
Our thanks to the Richmond Museum of History for access
At the March 9 centennial talk on El Cerrito's history of gambling and vice -- held at the former Wagon Wheel gambling house and nightclub -- a woman brought in the
The historic Rodini house on Elm Street in El Cerrito.
The El Cerrito Historical Society and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers will host “Architecture in the Flatlands,” a free walking tour of historical homes in El Cerrito, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 18.
“Let’s walk past and perhaps visit some of the more interesting historical homes in the city’s flatlands ranging from the early 20th through the mid 20th century.”
Meet by the historic Rodini house at 1715 Elm St. for the tour led by Dave Weinstein.
Korematsu Middle School, 7125 Donal Ave. in El Cerrito, is holding a special tour of the new campus from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 15 as part of events celebrating the city's centennial.
For Presidents Day we offer these images from the Berkeley Daily Gazette of a visit to the city and UC Berkeley by Harry Truman, who delivered the commencement speech at Memorial Stadium in 1948.
The 75th anniversary of the imprisonment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II is today, Feb. 19.
The initial coverage of the upcoming removal plans from the Richmond Independent on Feb. 2, 1942, noted that the federal order would impact the substantial and long-established Japanese American flower-growing industry in Richmond and El Cerrito.
The story of the Japanese American nursery families is Richmond and El Cerrito and their experiences during and after the war is told in the documentary “Blossoms and Thorns,” which is shown at 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
Richmond was consumed with national defense responsibilities during World War II, but even with restrictions and rationing of consumer goods, new businesses were opening
This is how El Cerrito looked at its entrance from the county line at Albany in 1954, when the city's nightclubs were in their waning years. The Club Kona marquee is visible
The H.J. Heinz Co. Factory at 2900 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley has been called “Berkeley’s most elegant industrial building” by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. The building was constructed in 1927-28 and it operated as a factory until Heinz relocated operations in 1956. A good description and history of the building is available on the BAHA website.
The building has since had other tenants and now is a retail and office center. The building was given city landmark status in 1986 and it is also listed in the California State Historic Resources Inventory.
A 1940s view looking north of The Heinz Building at San Pablo and Ashby avenues.
The same view today.
Looking south in 1945 at the Heinz Building from San Pablo at Heinz Avenue. Note the two
lines of streetcar tracks. Update and correction: John Stashik, our resident rail expert,
points out that these are not streetcar tracks. “Those tracks in the photo on San Pablo Avenue
were Shipyard Railway tracks. Streetcar service ended in the 1930s north of Ashby. So the
tracks needed to be replaced for the Shipyard service from 1942-45 on San Pablo north of
Ashby and on Grayson Street.”
The same view today, with the tracks long removed and a median and left turn lane added.
A 1966 Berkeley Gazette ad for the Packaging Company of California, housed in the