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Point Molate

These pictures record a morning spent exploring at Point Molate in Richmond, California. This bayside area was once inhabited by the Ohlone, later made part of the Castro Rancho and in the days after the 1906 Earthquake it was turned into a colony of winemakers by the California Wine Association which built the turreted brick buildings for its operations and the little row houses for employees. The winery operation closed around 1919 when Prohibition took force in the USA and the wine was dumped into San Francisco Bay. During WWII the Navy acquired the location and used the buildings for a fueling depot. The Navy's enormous fuel tanks can still be seen on the hillside above.

Interested in more background? See these links

National Park Service web site World War II in the Bay Area... pt molate
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/wwIIbayarea/win.HTM
Point Richmond History Association History of Pt Richmond
Notes on the Chinese Shrimp Camp near Pt. Molate, also on Winehaven.
http://www.alkos.com/prha/history.html

Opening the door 1840
Opening the door
1840
Palm fronds   1841
Palm fronds
1841
Old bricks and palms  1842
Old bricks and palms
1842
Palms encore  1844
Palms encore
1844
Karen shoots the rust  1845
Karen shoots the rust
1845
Curving road  1848
Curving road
1848
Steps  1850
Steps
1850
Closing up  1859
Closing up
1859
Vine-covered offices  1861
Vine-covered offices
1861
Gone away  1867
Gone away
1867
The Captain's House  1868
The Captain's House
1868
Agave and view   1870
Agave and view
1870
Mt. Tam and tanker  1875
Mt. Tam and tanker
1875
Left behind  1877
Left behind
1877
View from a  window  1880
View from a window
1880
The Captain's View  1881
The Captain's View
1881
Houses in a Row  1882
Houses in a Row
1882
My view of Mt Tam   1887
My view of Mt Tam
1887
Into the Sunlight  1890
Into the Sunlight
1890
Windows   1892
Windows
1892
Photogs at work  1894
Photogs at work
1894
Another pretty view from the Hill  1897
Another pretty view from the Hill
1897
Sun and shadows 1899
Sun and shadows
1899
The Beach at Pt Molate  1903-4
The Beach at Pt Molate
1903-4
Robin shooting for a Panorama  1905
Robin shooting for a Panorama
1905
Rust and Blue  1907
Rust and Blue
1907
Andrys frames a serious shot  1908
Andrys frames a serious shot
1908