Jack London Square in Oakland
Jack London Square is a popular tourist attraction on the waterfront of Oakland, California. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is the home of stores, restaurants, hotels, an Amtrak station, a ferry dock, the historic Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, the (re-located) cabin Jack London lived in the Klondike, and a movie theater. A farmer's market is hosted among the retail shops on Sunday mornings. The former presidential yacht USS Potomac is moored at an adjacent slip.
Jack London Square is located at the south end of Broadway, across the Oakland Estuary from Alameda.
The name has also come to refer to the formerly industrial neighborhood surrounding Jack London Square proper now known as the Jack London District, which has undergone significant rehabilitation in the last decade, including loft conversions and new construction. Current California Governor (and former Oakland mayor) Jerry Brown made his home here before moving north to the Uptown neighborhood.
KTVU (Channel 2), the Bay Area's Fox affiliate, has had studios at the Square since it began broadcasting in April 1958, and the offices of the Port of Oakland are located there as well. The Square was also the temporary home of the Oakland Tribune from 1989 to 1996 after the newspaper was forced to abandon the landmark downtown Tribune Tower due to damage it sustained in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.
A mainline railroad runs though the middle of the street, with the train speed limit set at 15 mph (25 km/h). The tracks running through Jack London Square are used by BNSF Railway, Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, San Joaquin (Amtrak), and Union Pacific Railroad. The trains share the road with automobiles, AC Transit buses, and pedestrians.
- Chinatown, Oakland, California
- Old Oakland
- Official website
- Jack London Interactive Map: Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau
- The Jack London District Association
- The Jack London News