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Schenley Plaza, Oakland


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In the early 1900s, Pierre Ravine sat just south of Forbes Avenue and west of the Carnegie Library, where today Schenley Plaza is found. By 1913 the city began filling the ravine to enlarge Schenley Park and provide a site for the Mary E. Schenley fountain. A total of 11,157 tons of fill were dumped into the ravine, and the fountain was built on the Stone Arch Bridge, which was buried under the fill. The archive photograph has no definitive date, but the large procession of people and carriages in Oakland suggests a military parade or Fourth of July celebration sometime around the turn of the century.

(Archive photo Post-Gazette Archives; contemporary photograph Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

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