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'Drawbridge' Bay Area Ghost Town
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Not too long ago I was in San Francisco visiting family and had heard about this place from an old book about abandoned towns and mines from the around the time of the Gold Rush and later 19th century settlements. After quick talking my way past the railroad signalman sitting by the only way in, I was left free to roam around what remained of it.

Drawbridge, (once known as Saline City for its proximity to the salt flats) was created by the narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad on Station Island in 1876 and consisted of one small cabin for the operator of the railroad's two drawbridges crossing Mud Creek Slough and Coyote Creek Slough to connect Newark with Alviso and San Jose. At one time 10 passenger trains stopped there per day, five going north and five going south. The drawbridges were removed long ago. The only path leading into Drawbridge is the Union Pacific Railroad track. In the 1880s, on weekends nearly 1,000 visitors flocked to the town. By the 1920s, although the town had no roads, it did have 90 buildings, and was divided into two neighbourhoods: the predominantly Roman Catholic South Drawbridge, and the predominantly Protestant North Drawbridge.
After the turn bridge drawbridges were removed and most of the residents had left, the San Jose Mercury News for years incorrectly reported that the town was a ghost town and that the residents left valuables behind. As a result, the people still living there had their homes vandalized. The town's last resident is said to have left in 1979, and Drawbridge is considered to be the San Francisco Bay Area's only ghost town. Drawbridge is now part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is no longer open to the public due to restoration efforts, though it can still briefly be viewed from Altamont Commuter Express, Capitol Corridor, and Coast Starlight trains.

The whole place is falling apart and what's left is little more than glorified sheds. However, there is a pleasant atmosphere to it, as well as some stark and rather attractive vistas to be seen from it.


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I like this thread, I think it has some of the better photos I've seen of the location as well. Another place I've always wanted to go but never have taken the walk.

5 is beautiful. 7 the same.

14 is peaceful

quality stuff here. thanks for posting it.




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I like this thread, I think it has some of the better photos I've seen of the location as well. Another place I've always wanted to go but never have taken the walk.

5 is beautiful. 7 the same.

14 is peaceful

quality stuff here. thanks for posting it.


Thank you very much. It was a nice place to go - and the light was great. Well worth the walk.




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Bro do you even search function?




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Bro do you even search function?


Not quite sure I understand what you mean, old boy.




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Number 14 is awesome. I like that creepy / dramatic looks of it




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Not quite sure I understand what you mean, old boy.


I mean having two threads on the same subject. Didn't mean to come off as a dick sorry



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I mean having two threads on the same subject.


Not that big of a deal bro. This guy has got some good picture's and isn't from around here. He was nice enough to share them with us, so give him a break.



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I mean having two threads on the same subject.


There is probably 16 diff. threads on this same place, it doesn't matter.

There are no rules about combining pictures to one single thread, everyone is free to create their own threads anytime they want.

If I had pictures of this place I would probably make a new thread, and then sit back and laugh at all of those who complain about it.




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Not that big of a deal bro. This guy has got some good picture's and isn't from around here. He was nice enough to share them with us, so give him a break.


Cheers, buddy!


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There is probably 16 diff. threads on this same place, it doesn't matter.

There are no rules about combining pictures to one single thread, everyone is free to create their own threads anytime they want.

If I had pictures of this place I would probably make a new thread, and then sit back and laugh at all of those who complain about it.


I did actually read the FAQ and posting guides for this forum and didn't see anything about having to attach pictures to other threads. I'm used to each explore being a stand alone post, so not seeing any rules to the contrary assumed that it would be the same. Glad to hear there aren't any explicit rules on that. It just seems a more logical system in my mind rather than dragging up posts that might be years old. So thanks for the clarification!


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I mean having two threads on the same subject. Didn't mean to come off as a dick sorry


No worries dude - it's the internet, just didn't actually understand what you meant.




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I try to add my stuff to other threads to keep them going but unfortunately, due to the nature of the way the threads are named, i cant always remember what the original author named it. I dont think its that big of a deal to have several threads of the same location....nice stuff cracked! Thanks for posting.




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#14 is fantastic - haunting, even.




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Went back recently in the rain -- the walk out was brutal trudging through all the mud but I had been to this location a couple times before so it was nice to experience it in a different atmosphere:
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It's even more beautiful in the rain. Glad we finally got some!




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It's even more beautiful in the rain. Glad we finally got some!


it is horrible in the rain why would you say that




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it is horrible in the rain why would you say that


Quit being annoying. Why don't you try to provide something useful instead of bullshitting.




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Quit being annoying. Why don't you try to provide something useful instead of bullshitting.


ha, ha, ha... Maybe he needs a nap!?!?!?




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I really love the colours and hues in this set. They really seam to match the atmosphere really well.




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Just went there relatively recently. I was surprised that the small tower was actually stable.

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