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The History Walk includes three different types of markers
Three concept pylons on West Estudillo
A wall detailing San Leandro Plaza and city growth and development at the bus stop on E. 14th
Street at the Plaza
12 markers at historic buildings or sites
West Estudillo Concept Pylons
Important themes in the history and development of San Leandro
Ohlone People & Spanish Ranchos
The first people in this area were hunters and gatherers who developed a complex culture and religion centered on the natural world. Spanish colonization beginning in 1769 brought a rapid transformation to a life centered on the Catholic Church and an economy based on the hide and tallow trade.
Agriculture & Cherries
San Leandro as a town began when Mexico ceded California to the United States and gold was discovered, bringing thousands of people from the United States and the world to California – many 49ers then settled in this area to farm. San Leandro developed as an agricultural community, and cherries were an important crop.
Differences in transportation from Ohlone to Spanish to American periods reflect changes in culture in this area. The railroad was an essential element in the development of the town. Industry developed alongside agriculture, and Daniel Best Agricultural Works brought the first large sustained payroll.
The heart of San Leandro has seen many celebrations and gatherings and was the crossroads of the city and county. The history wall here gives an overview of Plaza development and the growth of San Leandro.
San Leandro Plaza,ca. 1885
San Leandro Plaza, ca. 1930
384 W. Estudillo Ave.
Three descendants of the land grant Peralta family lived in this home. In 1926 Herminia Peralta Dargie remodeled it as a grand Spanish villa. Tiles in the courtyard depict the story of Don Quixote.