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Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

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Telegraph Avenue is a street that begins, at its southernmost point, in the midst of the historic downtown district of Oakland, California, United States, and ends, at its northernmost point, at the southern edge of the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. It is approximately 4.5 miles (7 km) in length.Among some Berkeley residents, especially University of California students, Telegraph refers mainly to a four-block section just south of the university, from Bancroft Way (which borders the campus) to Dwight Way. As a center of campus and community life, this section of Telegraph Avenue is home to many restaurants, bookstores, and clothing shops, along with street vendors occupying its wide sidewalks. Here Telegraph Avenue attracts a diverse audience of visitors, including college students, tourists, artists, street punks, eccentrics, and the homeless.HistoryOriginsTelegraph Avenue originated from several separately named thoroughfares.In 1859, a telegraph line was constructed between Oakland and Martinez by the Alta Telegraph Company, and the existing roads which ran alongside it were then renamed The Telegraph Road. The segment of the Telegraph Road which ran from downtown Oakland out to the Peralta estate in Temescal was first known as the "Peralta Road". The segment which ran to and up Harwood's (now Claremont) Canyon was first known as "Harwood's Road".
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  • Telegraph Avenue is a main road that runs between the Berkeley Campus and Oakland. It's interesting from a people watching perspective. There are some interesting stores but also many empty store fron...  more »
  • Some of my family live in the Bay Area, and we visited Telegraph Avenue for nostalgia and updates. There are still several bookstores and coffeehouses, new and older fun and fresh restaurants. But the...  more »
  • Telegtaph Avenue starts at the UC Berkeley campus and ends about four miles away in downtown Oakland. It has some heavy car/truck traffic in places. Nevertheless, some of the most congested areas have...  more »

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