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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Memories at 16th St. Station

Grove loft homeowners Zack and Tyler had a visit from family this week. Their roots are in Ogden, Utah, a city busting with railroad history. In fact, Zach's aunt was involved in the restoration of the historic train station in Ogden, so you can imagine how excited they were to see the 16th St. Station in Oakland. Zach's uncle Jim has fond memories of arriving at the Oakland 16th St. Station on the California Zephyr in 1965 as a 19 year old with two other buddies. There had been floods in Utah so the train was delayed, arriving at midnight. Jim has a lasting memory of the beautiful lighting in the station, the diverse crowd, the professionalism of the porters and the pristine station. He was thrilled to see some of the original heavy wooden benches that still exist and was able to recall what was in every, now empty, alcove. He is thrilled that this landmark memory will one day be restored.

Jim...thanks for sharing your memories with us. I hope this will be the first in a series of stories from people who first arrived in California by stepping off a train at the 16th St. Station. If you have stories to tell please contact Nancy Holliday. We are all ears!


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