Golden Gate is a neighborhood west of San Pablo Avenue, bordered by Berkeley to the north, Emeryville to the west and south, and the Gaskill, and Paradise Park tracts to the east. Gaskill and Paradise Park are considered part of the Golden Gate District, eg by the neighborhood association, SPAGGIA, and others below under community.


Golden Gate was originally the 150 acres of Klinknerville, founded and named in the 1880s by by German immigrant Charles Klinkner who also called himself the "mayor" of his town. Klinkner had a rubber stamp business and formed "Klinkner Hall" at San Pablo and 59th Street (nee Klinkner). The hall hosted clubs and church services and sold groceries and drugs on the first floor. 

Mr Klinkner and all of his Klinkner naming weren't super popular and by 1888 the neighborhood had been renamed in 1888 for its views (now obscured) of the Golden Gate (the entrance to the bay now spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge). 

Golden Gate was annexed to Oakland in 1897.

The Herzog Tract was historic tract in Golden Gate.

Southern Pacific commuter trains ran through the neighborhood on Stanford to the Oakland Mole.1


African Americans arrived during WWII to work in the ship yards.

What's There

The neighborhood has a large number of arts, entertainment, and community resources, including Actual Cafe,  The Compound GalleryPLACE for Sustainable Living, Victory Burger, A Verb for Keeping Warm, and a Carnegie library.

Golden Gate is home to a branch library and a recreation center. The library was built in 1918. Golden Gate Hall was built in the early 1900s. (Is it still there?)


See the Golden Gate Community Alliance website and English Wikipedia article about the neighborhood.

People in the neighborhood are encouraged to join our neighborhood social network and come to neighborhood meetings, e.g, for NCPC-10x.

Journalism covering the neighborhood at Oakland North and Oakland Local.


Historic Photos

Bay Public School (1895) (Later Golden Gate Elementary and now a charter school) located at 62nd & San Pablo

Klinkner's Drug Store (Building still stands today at 59th & San Pablo). Interior shot of store

Klinkner Hall  Photo taken before it was razed in 1941. Can also see Klinkner's Drug. The site is now a grocery store (previously Safeway and now Gateway Supermarket)

Trader Vics matchbook from original location (now a vacant lot) at 65th and San Pablo


  1. Mailman, Erika. Oakland's Neighborhoods. Oakland: Mailman Press, 2005.

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