Editor’s note: This is Brentwood native Doreen Pierce Forlow’s second installment teaching history through area road signs.

Local history lives thanks in part, to street signs. What’s in a street name?

It is after noon and Sam is home alone and hungry. It is the perfect time to head to town for lunch. He starts driving to the 10 blocks of town that is the oldest part of Oakley. As he turns off West Cypress Road and heads north on O’Hara Avenue, Sam tries to remember the story he heard from an Oakley native-born senior citizen. What was that story? It has something to do with the first letter of street names spelling out the name of a city founder.

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