The History Files: Earliest Photo Of Downtown San Leandro?

There aren't many photographs of San Leandro in the 1850s, 1860s, or 1870s. This one, taken circa 1865, might be the earliest view of our downtown plaza area.


This view of downtown San Leandro is from a book called "1860-1870 California Views." Taken circa 1865, it might be the earliest photograph of our downtown plaza area.

Do you see the Estudillo House (look for the building with a flagpole)?

The larger dirt road crossing the tracks will become today's East 14th Street. The small dirt road running off the right edge of the photograph will become today's Estudillo Avenue

For more views of the Estudillo House, see

Are you interested in the city's origins?

The next meeting of the San Leandro Historical Society will be Thursday, March 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue.

The first 20 minutes of the meeting will be a slide show and presentation of Little Brown Church history and pictures. (Look for a Patch article on this soon.)

Nonmembers are welcome.

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Tom Abate February 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Gary: These are lovely. Am I correct in inferring that these are "artist's renditions" somehow superimposed by you onto photos of now blank walls?
Jamie March 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Gary I do think that is a wonderful idea.
Cindy Simons March 01, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Also on the subject of murals, the underside of the San Leandro Creek bridge on East 14th Street has a lovely mural thanks to the Friends of the San Leandro Creek. Check it out! (There is a staircase descending from Root Park that provides access to a walkway under the bridge.)
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