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Alameda Back Roads: Alameda celebrates its history as a resort community

This weekend, Bay Area residents and merchants will gather on Webster Street to celebrate Alameda’s history as a resort community. The Webster Street festival is an annual event, but what’s different this year is its name. The Alameda Chamber of Commerce renamed the annual Webster Street festival the “Neptune Beach Community Celebration,” in honor of the Neptune Beach era. In renaming the festival, it recognized the contributions that rail and Neptune Beach made to help fuel the rapid growth of Webster Street. Read more >> about Alameda Back Roads: Alameda celebrates its history as a resort community

Alameda Back Roads: The Suelflohn Building

Much has been written about Fifth Street Station, the historic train station in the Neptune Beach district. But little is known about the building next door - the Suelflohn Building at 478 Central Avenue. Built in 1915 by Gustave H. Suelflohn, a builder from Wisconsin who moved to Alameda with his family around the early 1900s, it was originally built as a store with two apartments on the top level. Suelflohn formed G. H. Suelflohn and Company and located his real estate offices out of one of the upstairs apartments, where it remained for many years. Read more >> about Alameda Back Roads: The Suelflohn Building

Alameda Back Roads: The Neptune Court Apartments

Once dubbed the “Coney Island of the West,” Neptune Beach was a popular resort in Alameda that attracted tens of thousands of weekend visitors. Its beaches, cottage baths, and amusement parks, were a major attraction in the 1920s and 1930s that drew residents from throughout the region, including wealthy San Franciscans who built weekend cottages and summer homes along Alameda’s sandy shoreline. Many of the beach cottages and buildings from the Neptune Beach era still exist in present day Alameda, including the Neptune Court Apartments. Read more >> about Alameda Back Roads: The Neptune Court Apartments

Alameda Back Roads: Palace Court

Welcome to Alameda Back Roads. My name is Karen Bey and one of my hobbies is traveling around the back roads of our historical Island community looking for treasures. I’ve lived in Alameda for over 35 years, and I’m endlessly captivated by the picturesque views of our shoreline, our historical landmarks, and the assortment of cottages, Victorian, Craftsman Bungalows, and Colonial Revival homes on the Island. Read more >> about Alameda Back Roads: Palace Court