This site is a collection of research and items I have collected about the history of Piedmont, California. It is a personal site that I made public for anyone else who is interested in seeing a digitalized representation of some of PIedmont's history. More information will be added when I find more historical records - with a lack of access to the Piedmont Historical Society filling in historical gaps hasn't been easy.
This site will be continuously updated as more information comes in.
If you have anything you think this site is missing, grammatical errors
or a fact that needs to be updated please contact me.
More research I've done:
The Bourgeoisie Bohemians who ran footloose in the Piedmont foothills with the intoxicating golden Crowd. George Sterling (poet) and his wife Carrie, Herman "Jim" Whitaker (author), Ambrose Bierce (author), Richard Partington (art) and his wife Blanche, Joseph Noel (journalist and author), Joaquin Miller (poet), Arnold Genthe (photographer) and the hosts, Jack London (author) and Xavier "Marty" Martinez (painter).
Almost 100 years ago Piedmont (along with the majority of the Bay Area) had racially restricted homes, a KKK Police Chief, bombs and mobs as the city forced Sidney Dearing, our city's first black home owner, to leave his home.
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
Today our City is recognizing him and formally apologizing for our past citizens' atrocious behaviors.