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, e.g. by the neighborhood association, SPAGGIA, and others [below under??] community.


Golden Gate was originally the 150 acres town of Klinknerville, founded and named in 1885 by by German immigrant Charles Alexander Klinkner who also dubbed himself the "Mayor."  Klinkner had a rubber stamp business and formed "Klinkner Hall" at San Pablo Avenue and 59th Street (née Klinkner). The hall hosted clubs and church services, and also sold groceries and drugs on the first floor. 

In 1888 the name of the town was changed to Golden Gate for the beautiful views (now obscured) across the San Francisco Bay of the Golden Gate, the entrance to the Bay which is now spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The town of Golden Gate was annexed to the City of Oakland in 1897.

The Herzog Tract was an historic tract in Golden Gate.

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

The East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS) was invited in 1982 to establish an African American collection in the Golden Gate Branch Library, the first library in Oakland to have a predominantly African American focus.  The entire left side of the library housed the EBNHS collection.  Dr. Lawrence Crouchett was appointed the Executive Director in 1988, and the organization changed the name from the East Bay Negro Historical Society to the Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life (NCCAAHL).

The final merger occurred in 1994 when the NCCAAHL joined forces with the City of Oakland to create the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO), which is now located in the former Charles S. Greene Library, one of the historic Carnegie Libraries from 1902.


African Americans arrived during World War II to work in the shipyards.

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

Links & References

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

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