Friday, February 20, 2015

Fact of the Day: Oakland

Oakland, California get its name somewhat from a Spanish name for the lands that now make up the city. They called it encinal which means "oak grove". There was a large oak forest that surrounded the area. The oak forest eventually gave the city its name, but now in English. 

12 comments:

Dixie@dcrelief said...

That's cool.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice.

Margaret D said...

Interesting how places got their names.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That's pretty neat.

NanaDiana said...

And they took out all the oaks to build the city, I bet! xo Diana

Pat Hatt said...

Makes sense indeed. Bet not as many oaks reside there today

Pilar Domínguez said...

I knew the meaning but not the origin. Interesting. Kisses:)

Mama Zen said...

Somehow, I never pictured oaks there!

CraveCute said...

Wow, imagine that. Most oaks have been chopped down for real-estate developments .

stephen Hayes said...

I can't recall ever seeing an oak tree in Oakland.

Anna-Alina said...

I've heard this name.

bj said...

Never been there so didn't know about the trees.