Joaquin Miller's Abbey

Joaquin Miller's Abbey (HM1D0L)

Location: Oakland, CA 94602 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 48.636', W 122° 11.583'

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The tiny cottage known as "The Abbey" was built by the 19th century poet and environmentalist Joaquin Miller as part of a inspirational artists' retreat. He purchased 70 grassy acres, parcel-by-parcel, in "The Hights" above the "City of the Oaks" in 1886 and erected monuments, structures for his mother and daughter, and coordinated the planting of 75,000 trees - Monterey pine, Monterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus.

Below the photograph of Joaquin Miller on the upper-right.

"The Abbey was a frame building consisting at first of a single small room with a porch. The roof was a high shingled peak, and there was no ceiling, for the rafters supporting the roof had been left bare. Visitors often said that the room looked like an unfinished museum. The walls were made of rough boards, hung with hides, bear claws, sheep horns, antlers, Mexican saddles, bows and arrows and weapons of all sort. Wherever there was a vacant spot, Joaquin had tacked up photographs of actresses and of himself, magazine and newspaper clippings concerning himself, and some original drawings that he had done as illustration for his poetry."

Excerpt from the book Splendid Poseur: Joaquin Miller, American Poet, M. Marion Marberry, Crowell, 1953
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HM NumberHM1D0L
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByCity of Oakland
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (2 reports)
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:57am PDT -07:00
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Photo Credits: [1] ELLEN KOMP  [2] ELLEN KOMP  [3] ELLEN KOMP  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 571030 N 4185107
Decimal Degrees37.81060000, -122.19305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.636', W 122° 11.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 38.16" N, 122° 11' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 134 N Royal St, Oakland CA 94602, US
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I Saw The Marker

The house is boarded up but in good shape. There is also a Historical Marker on the site, which is next to a statue of Miller on horseback, a shed with a fireplace where he kept artifacts, and a WPA built amphitheater with elaborate stone steps and pathways.

Sep 28, 2017 at 9:46am PDT by chrishend

I Saw The Marker

The house is boarded up but in good shape. There is also a Historical Marker on the site, which is next to a statue of Miller on horseback, a shed with a fireplace where he kept artifacts, and a WPA built amphitheater with elaborate stone steps and pathways.

Sep 28, 2017 at 9:46am PDT by chrishend

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