The Fruitvale Bridge is a small railroad moveable bridge that crosses the Oakland Estuary. It links the cities of Oakland and Alameda, the out-of-service rail bridge is immediately west of the Miller-Sweeney road bridge that connects Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland with Tilden Way in Alameda. This lift bridge was constructed in 1951 to replace a bridge that originally served the SP interurban trains from San Francisco. From 1951 until September 11,1996, the Southern Pacific Railroad operated freight service across the bridge to serve shippers in Alameda, after SP was acquired by Union Pacific on September 11,1996, UP provided infrequent service to Alameda until service was discontinued in 2000. Although unused, tracks still exist in Alameda on Blanding Ave. the bridge is owned by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and is operated by the County of Alameda. The Miller-Sweeney bridge tender, a county employee, operates the bridge from controls in the Miller-Sweeney control house. The last train across the bridge ran in 2000
USS Hornet Museum
The USS Hornet Museum is a museum ship in Alameda, California, US. A number of compartments contain exhibits concerning contemporary carriers that are supported by related associations, the flight deck, hangar deck, and first deck below are open for self-guided tours. Docent-led tours are available into the navigation and flight deck control areas of the island. It is located on the southernmost pier of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, there are plans to relocate it to the corner of the Seaplane Lagoon closest to the Alameda Point Museum in conjunction with a ferry terminal and a light rail or bus connection to BART. The USS Hornet Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, the USS Hornet Museum officially opened to the public on October 17,1998. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the principal speaker, the USS Hornet Museum has a number of aircraft on display including propeller aircraft, jet aircraft, and helicopters. The aircraft are from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Museum guests can get up-close to the aircraft displayed on the Flight Deck and on the Hangar Deck.
Aircraft are sometimes moved between decks utilizing the ships #1 aircraft elevator, Hornet led a picture-perfect recovery of Americas first astronauts to land on the Moon following their splashdown back on Earth. Four months later, Hornet recovered the crew of Apollo 12. The USS Hornet Museum has the largest Apollo Program exhibit on the West Coast, a tour map is available at the admissions desk and museum docents are available throughout the ship to answer questions and lead special tours. A short video on the history of the ship is shown in the orientation area, the USS Hornet Museum offers a Live-Aboard Program that is available to any organized youth group or family. Guests can experience the life of a sailor by touring the ship at night, eating in the crews mess, U. S. Navy museums List of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy Official page USS Hornet Museum and Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation
Alameda Theatre (Alameda, California)
The Alameda Theatre is an Art Deco movie theatre built in 1932 in Alameda, California. It opened with a capacity of 2,168. It was designed by architect Timothy L. Pflueger and was the last grand movie palace built in the San Francisco Bay Area and it closed in the 1980s as a triplex theatre and was used as a gymnastics studio. A restoration and expansion project was completed in 2008, making the theater the primary anchor of an eight-screen multiplex. Paramount Theatre Fox Oakland Theatre Grand Lake Theater Alameda Theatre & Cineplexs official website and movie showtimes
Bay Farm Island, Alameda, California
Bay Farm Island is a district of the city of Alameda, though it is separated from the rest of the city on Alameda Island by an estuary. The location was originally an island in San Francisco Bay and other areas of the island were reclaimed by landfill. Prior to 20th century development, Bay Farm Island was farmland with asparagus being the principal crop, in addition, the area was the site of large oyster beds which regularly supplied restaurants in nearby San Francisco. Today, Bay Farm Island is home to the 36-hole Chuck Corica Golf Complex, the Oakland Raiders headquarters and retail complexes, and several housing developments. There is a chain of lagoons as well as community parks including Shoreline Park, which offers stunning views of the San Francisco skyline. A greenbelt is present which encompasses the perimeter of the peninsula, the largest development on Bay Farm Island is named Harbor Bay Isle, generally bounded to the north and east portion of the island by Island Drive and Mecartney Drive.
Harbor Bay Isle has twenty homeowners associations covering each of the residential subdivisions, Harbor Bay Isle excludes the three southern townhome developments, Islandia and Garden Isle, as well as the single-family homes to the east of Island Drive. Much of the development is built on reclaimed land There are two schools on Bay Farm Island, Bay Farm Elementary and Amelia Earhart Elementary. The latter is named for aviator Amelia Earhart, who started many of her flights from the nearby Oakland Airport, in the weekday mornings and afternoons there are student only bus rides from neighborhoods on Bay Farm Island to various local schools. In addition, the Harbor Bay Ferry provides commuter service to the San Francisco Ferry Building
Alameda Municipal Power
Alameda Municipal Power is a municipal utility serving the City of Alameda, California. Founded in 1887, it provides electricity to c.34,000 residential, commercial, as Alameda Power & Telecom, the utility previously provided Cable TV and high-speed Internet services to city residents, their system was acquired by Comcast on November 21,2008 for $17 million. The estimated net result of this venture was a loss of more than $60 million for the City of Alameda, an additional 15 percent of the power mix came from large hydroelectric projects in Calaveras and Central Valley, CA. Altogether, AMP’s power is 37% carbon neutral in 2014, media related to Alameda Municipal Power at Wikimedia Commons Official website
San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural and financial center of Northern California. It is the birthplace of the United Nations, the California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856, after three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater. Politically, the city votes strongly along liberal Democratic Party lines, San Francisco is the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Dolby, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pinterest, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, as of 2016, San Francisco is ranked high on world liveability rankings.
The earliest archaeological evidence of habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the system gradually ended, and its lands became privatized. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, and the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7,1846, during the Mexican–American War, montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography. The California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers, with their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849.
The promise of fabulous riches was so strong that crews on arriving vessels deserted and rushed off to the gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts in San Francisco harbor. Some of these approximately 500 abandoned ships were used at times as storeships and hotels, many were left to rot, by 1851 the harbor was extended out into the bay by wharves while buildings were erected on piles among the ships. By 1870 Yerba Buena Cove had been filled to create new land, buried ships are occasionally exposed when foundations are dug for new buildings. California was quickly granted statehood in 1850 and the U. S. military built Fort Point at the Golden Gate, silver discoveries, including the Comstock Lode in Nevada in 1859, further drove rapid population growth. With hordes of fortune seekers streaming through the city, lawlessness was common, and the Barbary Coast section of town gained notoriety as a haven for criminals, entrepreneurs sought to capitalize on the wealth generated by the Gold Rush
Alameda High School
Alameda High School is a public coeducational high school serving grades 9-12. It is located in Alameda, United States, and is part of the Alameda Unified School District. It was at the Alameda Board of Education meeting held on March 6,1874, on April 17,1874, C. Y. Johns was elected the first principal. Classes began with 52 students, in July 1874, in a room over a drugstore on Park Street known as Boehmers Hall. The building still exists today as the China House restaurant, a new building was already being built on a site on Santa Clara at Chestnut, and was completed and occupied in 1875. The high school shared space with the Grammar Department in what known as Haight School. The site is occupied by this school today. The class of 1878, totalling nine students, was the first to graduate from Alameda High School and it wasnt long before the number of students enrolled in the high school outgrew the space available at Haight. Temporary quarters were located at the Porter school, located on Alameda Avenue, a campaign was started for a new separate high school building.
With the help of the school student body, a bond was passed in the city for the new school. The cornerstone was laid in 1902 on the new site at Central, the building was dedicated in 1903 and occupied in time for the December 1903 term. Continued growth in enrollment required a larger campus. In 1925 a new issue was voted on. The new school, dedicated in 1926, comprised three connected buildings, including the original 1903 structure which was refurbished to blend with the style of the other two. By 1955, the old building had outlived its usefulness and was replaced with what became known as the new building by subsequent students until 1977, original plans involved tearing down the 1926 buildings and replacing them with a sports complex, and only keeping the new building of 1955. A dedicated group of alumni and citizens saved the buildings. The newest building was first occupied in 1978 and included the site of the former Porter school, the west wing now houses Language and Fine Arts, as well as the Frederick L.
Chacon Little Theater. The school was made an Alameda Historical Monument in 1976 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the school has received National Blue Ribbon recognition and California Distinguished School and Digital High School awards
East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area)
The eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, commonly referred to as the East Bay, includes cities along the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay. The region has grown to include inland communities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, with a population of roughly 2.5 million in 2010, it is the most populous subregion in the Bay Area. Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay and the third largest in the Bay Area, the city serves as a major transportation hub for the U. S. West Coast, and its port is the largest in Northern California, increased population has led to the growth of such large edge cities as Berkeley, Hayward and Fremont. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869 with its terminus at the newly constructed Oakland Long Wharf. Today the Port of Oakland is the Bay Areas largest port, in 1868, the University of California was formed from the private College of California and a new campus was built in what would become Berkeley. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake saw a number of refugees flee to the relatively undamaged East Bay.
As the East Bay grew, the push to connect it with a permanent link than ferry service resulted in the completion of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in 1936. The Bay Area saw further growth in the decades following World War II, the 1937 completion of the Caldecott Tunnel through the Berkeley Hills fueled growth further east, where there was undeveloped land. Cities in the Diablo Valley, including Concord and Walnut Creek, the addition of the BART commuter rail system in 1972 further encouraged development in increasingly far-flung regions of the East Bay. Today, the valleys east of the Berkeley Hills contain large affluent suburban communities such as Walnut Creek, San Ramon, the East Bay is not a formally defined region, aside from its being described as a region inclusive of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. As development moves generally eastward, new areas are described as being part of the East Bay, beyond the borders of Alameda County, the large population of Tracy is connected as a bedroom community housing commuters traveling to or through the East Bay.
Except for some hills and ridges which exist as parklands or undeveloped land, and some farmland in eastern Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, the East Bay is highly urbanized. The East Bay shoreline is a corridor with several cities exceeding 100,000 residents, including Oakland, Fremont, Richmond. In the inland valleys on the east side of the Berkeley Hills, the land is developed, particularly on the eastern fringe of Contra Costa county. In the inland valleys, the density is less and the cities smaller. The only cities exceeding 100,000 residents in the valleys are Antioch. The free East Bay Monthly has been published since 1970, in the early years of the evolution of USA Today, during the early 1980s, they operated regional newspapers, with the regions paper entitled East Bay Today
A peninsula is a piece of land surrounded by water on the majority of its border, while being connected to a mainland from which it extends out. Examples include the upper and lower peninsulas of the state of Michigan, the surrounding water is usually understood to be continuous, though not necessarily named as a single body of water. Peninsulas are not always named as such, one can be a headland, island promontory, point, a point is generally considered a tapering piece of land projecting into a body of water that is less prominent than a cape. A river which courses through a very tight meander is said to form a peninsula within the loop of water. In English, the plural of peninsula is peninsulas or, less commonly, peninsulas can be found on coastlines and in smaller bodies of water throughout the world, ranging in scale from square meters to millions of square kilometers. Theres the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe, and in Southern Europe theres the Iberian Peninsula, the Italian Peninsula, south America has the Brunswick Peninsula, and Antarctica has the Antarctic Peninsula.
In Africa, theres the Horn of Africa, and in Australia, asia has the 3 largest peninsulas in the world, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Peninsula, and the Indochinese Peninsula
Alameda Works Shipyard
The Alameda Works Shipyard, in Alameda, United States, was one of the largest and best equipped shipyards in the country. The only building remaining from the yard is the Union Iron Works Powerhouse, established in the early 1900s by the United Engineering Company, the yard was purchased by Union Iron Works in 1916 and came to be known as the Alameda Works. The site was expanded from 7 acres to 75 acres with facilities for constructing up to six major vessels simultaneously, after 1923, the Alameda Works ceased making ships but continued its dry docking and ship repair operations. At the beginning of World War II, the Alameda Works was re-established as the Bethlehem Alameda Shipyard, during the war, the yard repaired more than 1,000 vessels and produced P-2 Admiral-type troop ships, and it continued to produce structural steel. Shipbuilding came to an end in the early 1950s, and the yard was closed in 1956 and this power station was designed by San Francisco architect Frederick Meyer, one of many designed for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Northern California between 1905 and the 1920s.
It is a one-story rectangular industrial building,25 feet high,53 feet wide and 110 feet long, designed in a simplified Renaissance Revival style, the powerhouse is an excellent example of a building type-the beautiful power house-for which the San Francisco Bay Area was nationally known. It contained several large generators and was constructed specifically to meet the electricity requirements of the yards. Today, the building that once powered an entire shipyard has been converted into private office space and is closed to the public. World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area, archived from the original on 10 April 2007. National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form / Union Iron Works Powerhouse and this article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Park Service
Posey and Webster Street tubes
The Posey tube and the Webster Street tube are two parallel underwater tunnels connecting the cities of Oakland and Alameda, running beneath the Alameda–Oakland Estuary. Currently, the Posey tube carries Oakland-bound traffic under the Estuary, the Posey tube is the second-oldest underwater vehicular tunnel in the US, preceded only by the Holland Tunnel. The Webster Street tube opened in 1963 to deal with the traffic between Oakland and Alameda. Both are immersed tubes, constructed by sinking precast concrete segments to a trench in the Estuary floor, the Posey tube replaced a swing bridge that interfered with maritime traffic. The ventilation buildings that house the exhaust and fresh air fans are built in an art deco style, the ventilation of toxic vehicular exhaust fume design was modeled on that of the Holland Tunnels ventilation system, and Ole Singstad consulted. Posey tube and Webster Street tube at AlamedaInfo
Neptune Beach (California)
Neptune Beach was an amusement park on the shore of San Francisco Bay in the city of Alameda, California. The park was served by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company and ferries from San Francisco and it operated from 1917 until it closed in 1939. Opened in 1917, Neptune Beach occupied a beach front zone now known as Crab Cove and was owned by the Strehlow family. Admission to the park was a dime, the park was described as a place for private picnics, with a clubhouse for dancing, and barbecue pits. The Cottage Baths were vacation cottages, available for rent, there were dances on Friday and Saturday night. The Strehlows owned and operated the beach and filled in a section of the Bay to add an additional Olympic-size swimming pool and a roller coaster with views of the Bay. Its two outdoor pools hosted swimming races and exhibitions by swimmers such as Olympian Johnny Weissmuller, who starred as MGMs Tarzan. The park featured a carousel from the Dentzel Company. Once the Bay Bridge was complete, the lines that ran past the entrance to Neptune Beach, on the way to the Alameda Mole.
People began using their cars to escape the city and the suburbs like Alameda. Alameda lost its status as more distant locations became more attractive to cash-rich San Francisco tourists. Young people in town became aware of ways to avoid paying the dime for admission to the park, strong swimmers or even waders could sneak in on the bay side by swimming around the fence