Residence of Capt. Thomas W. Badger, Brooklyn, from the south
c. 1871
26 in HIGH x 42 in WIDE
(66.04 cm HIGH x 106.68 cm WIDE)
Gift of Lester M. Hale

National Museum of American Art 1991; St. Mary's College, Fascination With Trains 11/21/93-1/9/94

From a Walk Along the Water exhibition, label by Steven Lavoie Badger's Park. In 1861, the scenic splendor of Brooklyn Basin brought sea-weary Capt.Thomas W. Badger ashore to build a permanent home and a popular weekend getaway. He transformed his estate into the bucolic shoreline resort of Badger's Grand Central Park. Taking advantage of the transbay ferry system, a crowd of 4,000 paying customers christened the new facility on April 14, 1872. A restaurant served East Bay oysters, beef, wine and steam beer. Theater anld opera productions filled a 3,000 seat pavilion. Exotic plants and animals thrived in a botanical garden and menagerie. Baseball games and trotting races brought the "cranks" - as sports fans were called - into the grandstands. But demand for expansion of the booming transportation industry soon required that Badger give up his land. By 1885, the scenic park was transformed into a tangle of railroad tracks and busy inter-harbor piers. Exhibition Label: "Scene in Oakland", Oakland Museum of California March 9 - August 25, 2002 29. Joseph Lee (1827-1880) Residence of Capt. Thomas W. Badger, Brooklyn, From the South, c. 1871 Oil on canvas Gift of Lester M. Hale In 1849 Captain Thomas W. Badger, a ship-owner with a fleet of vessels serving trade routes to the Far East, came to California via Cape Horn. He purchased ten acres of land for his country estate in Brooklyn, between 9th and 10th Streets from 7th to 8th Avenues near the estuary. It was later developed into Badger Park, a popular public amusement grounds that included an amphitheater, a dancing and skating pavilion, and a foot-racing track. Local trains from Oakland to Brooklyn, Clinton, San Leandro and Hayward, as seen in both views of Badger's property, had a stop near his residence.
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