|Close-up of bronze statue of Jack London created by artist Cedric Wentworth. (7/12/14)|
|Guess where. (7/12/14)|
Fortunately, I have a level of flexibility as I am working from a curriculum that is more rigorous than the Common Core (College Board approved and all that) so I can detour slightly to insure students have read authors its hard to understand them graduating without even a passing familiarity of.
|View from the road. (7/12/14)|
Jack London Square is one of Oakland’s most identifiable landmarks and a symbol of the city’s history as a seaport. It is also a popular entertainment and business destination on the waterfront of Oakland, California. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland. It was also our last stop before heading to the airport for my flight back East. Like many red-blooded American lads (or at least so I thought), I greatly enjoyed he Yukon adventures weaved by London as a youth, so visiting the reconstruction of Jack London's Klondike Hut in Jack London Square was something of a thrill. Simple and unassuming, it was pretty neat to get a sense of the small scope from which such great adevntures flowed.
|Reconstruction of Jack London's Klondike Hut in Jack London Square. (7/12/14)|
These conflicting (mis)perceptions was made concrete by the presence of his Klondike hut on the beautiful Oakland waterfront. Creating an interesting dichotomy of visuals, the (re-located) cabin Jack London lived in in the Klondike, now rests on the California Waterfront amid palm trees. Certainly leaning how to start a fire would not be nearly as life-saving as one might think in this environment...
|Plaque directly outside the Klondike hut. (7/12/14)|
|A replica of Jack London's Klondike hut. (7/12/14)|
|Klondike hut, rear view. (7/12/14)|
|Dog statue: if you have any info on the artists, please |
comment with the name below. (7/12/14)
|Your's truly with the dog statue. (7/12/14)|
As a schoolboy in the late 1800s, Jack London studied at Heinold’s. Jack confided in owner John Heinold about his ambition to attend the University of California. Heinold loaned him tuition money, but Jack only lasted a year at university. He later returned to Heinold’s where he wrote his notes for The Sea Wolf and Call of the Wild. Heinold’s is referenced 17 times in John Barleycorn.
|Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon. (7/12/14)|
|Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, front view. (7/12/14)|
|Bronze statue of Jack London created by artist Cedric Wentworth.(7/12/14)|
|Quite a few modern art pieces also liven up |
Jack London Square. (7/12/14)
Official Jack London Square Site