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San Francisco Ghost Town
Drawbridge is an abandoned town on the
outskirts of CA-SAN Jose and is slowly sinking into the sloughs of CA-SAN Francisco
Bay. It was created on Station Island in 1876 and consisted of a single dwelling
to house the operator of two drawbridges owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad
to connect Newark with Alviso and CA-SAN Jose. It eventually grew into a small town
consisting mainly of hunting cabins, hotels, and gun clubs (the CA-SAN Francisco
Bay, before salt evaporation ponds and sewage dumping, was a hunting and fishing
paradise). During Prohibition, taking advantage of its location in no man's land
between CA-SANta Clara and Alameda counties, it housed numerous speakeasies and
brothels. In addition, the police were reluctant to enter as nearly everyone in
Drawbridge was armed.
Starting in the late 1920's, the surrounding communities began to pump fresh water out from the sloughs causing the land to sink. Two salt evaporation ponds around Drawbridge prevented the tides from cleaning the waters and the pumping in of raw sewage fouled what remained.
At its peak in 1926, Drawbridge had 90 private residences and two hotels. The train stopped five times daily. In 1979, the last remaining resident left. Drawbridge is officially off-limits to visitors.
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