Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Peralta Hacienda

The Peralta Hacienda was the site of the original adobe structure built by the Peralta family to stake their claim over the Rancho San Antonio after it had been given to them in 1820 by the last Spanish governor of California Pablo Vicente de Sola. The hacienda would serve as a base for the family's control over their lands and the people on them. At its height the hacienda contained two large adobe structures as well as twenty guest houses and was an established stop on the what was the only camino real, or royally sanctioned highway, in the East Bay.

The hacienda site consists of a public park maintained by the City of Oakland, one of the two remaining Peralta Homes, and a historical site detailing the events that took place on the property through the years. There is also a Peralta Creek Nature Area containing native plants and intended to show what the landscape was like before the creation of the city surrounding the site.

Getting There By Bike...

There isn't really a great way to get to this site by bike that doesn't involve riding through a good sized stretch of East Oakland and a few traffic heavy streets. If you can make the trip, your reward is a nice park, some neat local history, and a well-maintained historical home where they offer tours.

My two suggestions are either ride BART to Fruitvale and ride your bike from there, or ride from downtown Oakland. If you take BART, head up Fruitvale Ave. until you can make a right onto Farnam, just after International. Take your first left onto 33rd, and follow that up to Foothill Blvd, cross Foothill and make a slight jog to the right to continue on Coolidge. Coolidge will take you right to the park. If you're coming from downtown Oakland, take Foothill down to Coolidge, make a left, and head up to the park.

Pack a spare tube and know how to fix a flat if you're planning on riding to this site. There was glass everywhere when I was down there.

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