San Leandro Oyster Beds

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San Leandro Oyster Beds
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LocationSan Leandro Marina, San Leandro, California
Coordinates 37°41′43.22″N122°11′35.87″W / 37.6953389°N 122.1932972°W / 37.6953389; -122.1932972 Coordinates: 37°41′43.22″N122°11′35.87″W / 37.6953389°N 122.1932972°W / 37.6953389; -122.1932972
Designated1968 [1]
Reference no.824 [1]
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Location of San Leandro Oyster Beds in California

The San Leandro Oyster Beds in San Leandro, California, were the origin of the oyster industry in the U.S. state of California. During the 1890s, the oyster industry thrived until it became the single most important fishery in the state. According to the description provided by the California Office of Historic Preservation, Moses Wicks is supposed to have been the first to bring seed oysters around Cape Horn and implant them in the San Leandro beds. The oyster industry in San Francisco Bay was at its height around the turn of the 20th century. It reached a secondary peak by 1911 and then faded away because of polluted conditions of the bay. [1]

San Leandro, California City in California, United States

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The former site of the oyster beds was named a California Historical Landmark (#824) and is located in the San Leandro Marina. [2] The historical marker has been stolen but the mounting holes remain in a large mosaic depicting oyster harvesting early in the 1900s. A photograph of the site is available online. It shows the curved mosaic mural and the space where the historical marker was formerly located. [3]

California Historical Landmark Buildings, structures, sites, or places in California determined to have historical significance

A California Historical Landmark (CHL) is a building, structure, site, or place in California that has been determined to have statewide historical landmark significance.

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  1. 1 2 3 "San Leandro Oyster Beds". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. "SAN LEANDRO OYSTER BEDS". CaOHP. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  3. "San Leandro Oyster Bed - San Leandro, CA". Retrieved 2012-03-30.