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F.M. "Borax" Smith Estate Walking Tour

When: Sat., July 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2017

Visit the site of Arbor Villa, Francis Marion “Borax” Smith’s palatial estate. Smith founded an international industry (“20-Mule Team Borax”), established the Key Route System, and became one of Oakland’s most famous, colorful entrepreneurs. The tour visits the site of Oak Hall, the 9th Ave. palm trees, the Mary R. Smith Cottages, and other historic houses, including ones designed by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan. A 2-mile, hilly walk. Leaders: Phil Bellman & Amelia Marshall

Price: $10-$15

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