Visit the site of Arbor Villa, Francis Marion “Borax” Smith’s palatial estate. Smith founded an international industry (“20-Mule Team Borax”), established the Key Route System, and became one of Oakland’s most famous, colorful entrepreneurs. The tour visits the site of Oak Hall, the 9th Ave. palm trees, the Mary R. Smith Cottages, and other historic houses, including ones designed by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan. A 2-mile, hilly walk.
Date: Saturday July 7, 2018
Location: Redwood tree, near 1105 McKinley Ave. at Home Place East (1 block off Park Blvd.)
Leaders: Phil Bellman & Amelia Marshall