about Jack London Square:
A shopping mecca in Oakland loosely inspired by the adventure writer. While most people come here to stroll the boardwalk, poke around in the gift shops, and dine on the waterfront, a bit of history can also be found in the area.
Jack London grew up in slums near here and broke away at the age of 17 by finding a job on board a ship. When he returned from sea, he went to the Klondike searching for gold, an experience that was reflected in his best short stories, among them The Call of the Wild and White Fang. You can see the cabin where London lived during the Gold Rush, and the point where the railroad dropped off fortune seekers from back East.
Jack London Square is about 9 miles from SF: Take Bay Bridge to 880 South/Alameda-San Jose, take the Broadway-Alameda exit, ease to the right at bottom of ramp, go one block, take first right on Adeline, left on 3rd, go 12 blocks take a right on Broadway. Follow Broadway into Jack London Square. By ferry: Take the Alameda/Oakland Ferry from San Francisco, board either at PIER 39 or the Ferry Building (510-522-3300). By Bart: Get off at 12th Street Station in Oakland; take the AC Transit rest of way.