Wilde's Hotel in California
Oscar Wilde arrived on the west coast by overland train on Sunday, March 26, 1882.
His train terminated at Oakland, from where he was taken by carriage to the wharf for the ferry-boat crossing to San Francisco. He was accompanied by many members of the press and a reception committee which had ferried over to Oakland by the 8:00 AM ferry that morning to meet him.
In San Francisco he was whisked away to The Palace Hotel, the largest and one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, which was to be his base for the duration of his two weeks stay in California where he lectured ten times, the first at Platt's Hall in San Francisco.