H26.552J

ca. 1900
Oakland
Gift of Mrs. Juanita Miller
H26.552J

Changing Vistorian Row Storefront Museum 4/4-6/24 1983

Booklet & Postal Cards, about "The Hights." (G. Weininger, 5/2002): Poet Joaquin Miller had purchased much of this land, which he called "The Hights," in 1886 as a retreat and later added to it. Though it was originally rocky and barren, with few redwoods, he planted many more trees and built cabins for visitors, as well. He had wanted the property to belong to "the people" as a playground; in 1917 his wishes were fulfilled when Oakland purchased it for $33,000, with life tenure for his wife and daughter. The city changed the spelling to "The Heights."
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