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A city of northern California on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Located on the lands of an 1820 Spanish rancho, it was founded during the gold rush of 1848.


(Placename) a port and industrial centre in W California, on San Francisco Bay; damaged by earthquake in 1989. Pop: 398 844 (2003 est)


(ˈoʊk lənd)

a seaport in W California, on San Francisco Bay. 367,230.
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Noun1.Oakland - a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San FranciscoOakland - a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
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One Sunday, late in the afternoon, found Daylight across the bay in the Piedmont hills back of Oakland.
Fearing that a telephone message to arrest them had been flashed ahead, they had turned into the back-road through the hills, and now, rushing in upon Oakland by a new route, were boisterously discussing what disposition they should make of the constable.
Then we can come back into Oakland from the other side, sneak across on the ferry, and send the machine back around to-night with the chauffeur.
He had debated between the Berkeley Free Library and the Oakland Free Library, and decided upon the latter because Ruth lived in Oakland.
The newspapers were demanding blood for blood, and all the ministers in Oakland had preached fierce sermons against the strikers.
There was never so much killin' at one time in Oakland before.
Why, the dirty little Intelligencer come out this morning an' said that every union official in Oakland ought to be run outa town or stretched up.
We ran up the Oakland Estuary and came to anchor, and in the days that followed, while Neil was ashore, we tightened up the Reindeer's rigging, overhauled the ballast, scraped down, and put the sloop into thorough shape.
Charley and I roamed the docks, wondering what we should do, and so came upon the oyster fleet lying at the Oakland City Wharf.
That afternoon at the railway station I was surprised and made happy by the unexpected arrival of Miss Margaret Corray and her mother, from Oakland.
And then came the city of Oakland, and on the shelves of that free library I discovered all the great world beyond the skyline.
Here for a year I delivered an evening paper, until my route was changed to the water-front and tenderloin of Oakland.