Founders' Rock

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Founders' Rock
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Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock is located in Oakland, California
Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock is located in California
Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock is located in the United States
Founders' Rock
Founders' Rock
LocationBerkeley, California
Coordinates37°52′31″N 122°15′25″W / 37.8753333°N 122.2568815°W / 37.8753333; -122.2568815Coordinates: 37°52′31″N 122°15′25″W / 37.8753333°N 122.2568815°W / 37.8753333; -122.2568815
MPSUniversity of California, Berkeley MRA
NRHP reference #82004642
BERKL #149
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 25, 1982
Designated BERKLFebruary 25, 1991[1]

On the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, in Berkeley, California, lies the Founders' Rock, the spot, according to college lore, where the 12 trustees of the College of California, the nascent University of California, Berkeley, stood on April 16, 1860, to dedicate the property they had just purchased. This is, supposedly, the same spot where Frederick Billings stood in 1866 when he remembered Bishop Berkeley's verse -- "Westward the course of empire takes its way"—and thus inspired the name of the new city. A plaque was put on this spot on Charter Day in 1896.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berkeley Landmarks". Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. Retrieved 2013-03-04.