|Charles MacGregor (photo courtesy of the Albany Historical Society
Be on the lookout for the next Historical Plaque which will honor Charles
MacGregor. This plaque will be located near the northwest corner of Solano and Carmel in front of his office building.
In 2009 the Albany Historical Society donated four plaques depicting historical locations.
#1 Near the south east corner of Solano and Cornell: Site of Albany’s First Official Public Building - In 1908
construction of the Albany School began on Main Street, now Solano Avenue. The building was demolished during 1946 –
1947 to make way for the current Cornell School buildings.
#2 East side of Cornell near AUSD driveway: Site
of Albany’s First Firehouse - Albany’s first firehouse, complete with bell tower, was constructed near here on
Cornell Avenue to protect the new city from fire. The fire house remained here until 1915 when a new station was built at
the south east corner of San Pablo and Washington Avenues.
#3 North side of Solano Ave. between San Pablo
and Adams: Site of First City Hall - Albany’s first City Hall was located at 1045 Solano Avenue. Built in 1915, the
building was used for city government offices, meeting space, and the city library.
#4 San Palblo Ave north
of Brighton: Site of Miller’s Barn -
Miller’s Barn, owned by Chris Miller, was the first school in Ocean
View, now known as Albany. Located near here, the barn was also the site of the town’s first civic meetings. Mr. Miller,
one of three school trustees and the town’s first Marshall, refurbished his barn by adding windows and a floor so it
could be used as a school, as well as a general meeting place and a dancehall.
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