Among the many fascinating lives that played out at least in part here in the Island City was California Pioneer Alonzo Green. Ship captain, hotelier and city trustee (City Councilmember), Green lived a long, notable life in part in Alameda as well as on Bay Farm Island.
A native of Ohio, Green heard early about the Gold Rush and along with a small group of companions began to head west in 1847. At the time, any route to California from parts east posed a tremendous threat. The land route featured the classic prairie schooner wagon and posed an endless list of potential dangers, the most famous probably dying of dysentary. Ship captains dreaded the trip “‘round the Horn” as they would describe the conditions around Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America as some of the most dangerous sailing on Earth.