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November 22, 2016 > Drawbridge and Ghost Town program

Drawbridge and Ghost Town program

Submitted By Al Minard

In the late 1800Õs, the South Pacific Coast Railroad desired to run passenger rail service from Alameda to Santa Cruz. Southern Pacific Railroad owned all of the rights to rail service on land so South Pacific Coast Railroad ran their rails on wetlands along Alameda County. When they got near Alviso, the rail line which was only a few feet about high tide line had to cross two navigable waterways, and were required to allow access by boats to these areas.

South Pacific coast Railroad at Station Island, which was between these two waterways, put in two drawbridges, one on the North end of the Island and one on the South end of the Island. To manage these drawbridges, they built a bridge tenders house on the island. This section of the South Bay was rich in fishing and waterfowl which drew many sportsmen to this area. When they discovered the bridge tenders house, people built hotels, bars, hunting lodges, and homes.

On Monday, November 28, at Fremont Main Library, Cecilia (Ceal) Craig, Ph.D. will tell you about the interesting cast of characters drawn to that area. This is a free meeting of Washington Township Historical Society in conjunction with the Fremont Main Library. There will also be an exhibit on the libraryÕs 2nd floor, in the Marks Center for Local and California History, curated by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Dr. Cecilia (Ceal) Craig is the President of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society and is a longtime volunteer for the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and attendance is limited to the first 100 people.

Drawbridge and Ghost Town Program
Monday, Nov 28
7:15 p.m. Ð 9 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Rm
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1401
Free. Space limited.

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