Walking Waterhoods: Temescal Creek -- Bay Street Shellmound

Walking Waterhoods: Temescal Creek -- Bay Street Shellmound

Emeryville, California 94608, United States

Created By: Wholly H2O

Tour Information

Enjoy this walk filled with natural of historical significance -- particularly to Ohlone people, who were the first to live upon this land. This walk is a continuation of our journey along Temescal Creek.

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What You'll See on the Tour

On the south side of Ohlone Way, you'll see a channel surrounded by a railing. Look down to catch a view of Temescal Creek flowing through an open culvert before it empties into the bay. Since Temescal Creek is dry for most of the year, the... Read more
A granite structure and sign greets visitors at the entrance to the Ohlone Memorial Walkway. 
The Emeryville Shellmound Memorial marks the site of a former Ohlone village and burial ground. The native Ohlone constructed the shellmound to keep villages above high tides and serve as long-term repositories for the dead. The 40-foot she... Read more
The metal sculpture found here shows a rendition of a typical Ohlone container used to store food. 
The map on the granite entrance to the Ohlone Memorial walkway shows the Emeryville coastline. The red dots on the map indicate the locations of the more than 425 shellmounds located around the bay at the time of the arrival of Spanish colo... Read more
Part of the memorialization of the Emeryville shellmound includes facilitating the growth of native flora along Temescal creek. You can see native oaks growing in this area. The Ohlone people used every part of the oak, from the acorns for ... Read more
After the Oakland Trotting Park closed in 1915, a huge track of land opened up for manufacturers to develop in business-friendly Emeryville. Railroad and Bay access combined with favorable tax incentives transformed Emeryville into the “L... Read more


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