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Point Molate

The Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot covers approximately 423 acres in the Potrero Hills in the City of Richmond, California and is about 1.5 miles north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the northwest portion of the City of Richmond. In 1941, Point Molate was acquired by the U.S. Navy and began its life as a Naval Fuel Depot until September of 1995 when it was officially closed. Presently, the village of Point Molate is fenced in and basically abandoned awaiting renewal and/or developement by the city of Richmond.

On Friday 8 June 2007, I had the pleasure of visiting this area along with some friends. We had ourselves a little photo field trip. As luck would have it, we even had the assistance of a security guard unlocking gates and doors for easy access. Here are my impressions of a very enjoyable trip.
Willie ..4818
Willie ..4818
Jeremy  taking our pictures  .. 4819
Jeremy taking our pictures .. 4819
Jeremy and Eleanor  taking our picture .. 4820
Jeremy and Eleanor taking our picture .. 4820
Jeremy  .. 4821
Jeremy .. 4821
Willie, checking out  his camera .. 4823
Willie, checking out his camera .. 4823
Jeremy,  Did you get it , Willie? .. 4824
Jeremy, " Did you get it , Willie?" .. 4824
Jeremy waiting to sign us up .. 4827
Jeremy waiting to sign us up .. 4827
Karen,  as I shot from the hip .. 4828
Karen, as I shot from the hip .. 4828
Karen .. 4829
Karen .. 4829
Eleanor .. 4830
Eleanor .. 4830
Mary Ann on her cell, Where are you Andrys? .. 4832
Mary Ann on her cell, "Where are you Andrys? .. 4832
Eleanor .. 4833
Eleanor .. 4833
Karen and Margaret .. 4835
Karen and Margaret .. 4835
View through the trees .. 4836
View through the trees .. 4836
Willie, It's OK to take my parking spot. .. 4838
Willie, "It's OK to take my parking spot." .. 4838
Margaret and Eleanor ..  4839
Margaret and Eleanor .. 4839
Jeremy, Yes, you must also sign in. .. 4840
Jeremy, "Yes, you must also sign in." .. 4840
Jeremy,  Yes, for sure , you must sign in. .. 4841
Jeremy, " Yes, for sure , you must sign in." .. 4841
Andrys signing in .. 4843
Andrys signing in .. 4843
Andrys signing in .. 4844
Andrys signing in .. 4844
Vine covered abandoned office building .. 4845
Vine covered abandoned office building .. 4845
Vine covered abandoned office building, different view .. 4846
Vine covered abandoned office building, different view .. 4846
View from the Winehaven .. 4847
View from the Winehaven .. 4847
Window view from inside the Winehaven .. 4849
Window view from inside the Winehaven .. 4849
Rope found inside the Winehaven .. 4851
Rope found inside the Winehaven .. 4851
Objects found in the Winehaven .. 4855
Objects found in the Winehaven .. 4855
Margaret getting a picture in front of the Winehaven .. 4859
Margaret getting a picture in front of the Winehaven .. 4859
Leading to the Winehaven ..4861
Leading to the Winehaven ..4861
Willie and Karen .. 4862
Willie and Karen .. 4862
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4863.jpg
Closing up the Winehaven .. 4864
Closing up the Winehaven .. 4864
Loading dock to the Winehaven .. 4867
Loading dock to the Winehaven .. 4867
Winehaven,  detail .. 4868
Winehaven, detail .. 4868
Winehaven and Row Houses of Point Molate Village .. 4872
Winehaven and Row Houses of Point Molate Village .. 4872
Winehaven and Row Houses of Point Molate Village .. 4873
Winehaven and Row Houses of Point Molate Village .. 4873
Window, ivy and other miscellaneous vines .. 4874
Window, ivy and other miscellaneous vines .. 4874
The Winehaven .. 4879
The Winehaven .. 4879
Abandoned quarters .. 4880
Abandoned quarters .. 4880
Abandoned quarters, closeup .. 4885
Abandoned quarters, closeup .. 4885
Abandoned quarters, even closer .. 4882
Abandoned quarters, even closer .. 4882
What is Andrys seeing? .. 4884
What is Andrys seeing? .. 4884
Showing Willie some pictures .. 4889
Showing Willie some pictures .. 4889
Abandoned mailbox and house ..  4891
Abandoned mailbox and house .. 4891
Abandoned mailbox and houses .. 4892
Abandoned mailbox and houses .. 4892
Abandoned garages .. 4893
Abandoned garages .. 4893
Old agave overlooking abandoned garages overlooking Winehaven overlooking Richmond/San Rafael Bridge .. 4894
Old agave overlooking abandoned garages overlooking Winehaven overlooking Richmond/San Rafael Bridge .. 4894
View through  the Captain's cabin windows .. 4897
View through the Captain's cabin windows .. 4897
View of Mt.Tamalpais through  the Captain's cabin window .. 4899
View of Mt.Tamalpais through the Captain's cabin window .. 4899
View through  the Captain's cabin windows .. 4900
View through the Captain's cabin windows .. 4900
View  through  the Captain's cabin window .. 4902
View through the Captain's cabin window .. 4902
Mary Ann getting a shot inside the Captain's quarters .. 4906
Mary Ann getting a shot inside the Captain's quarters .. 4906
Windows and reflection .. 4908
Windows and reflection .. 4908
Abandoned play yard .. 4912
Abandoned play yard .. 4912
Pt.  Molate Row Houses .. 4914
Pt. Molate Row Houses .. 4914
Agave  and boarded houses .. 4915
Agave and boarded houses .. 4915
Peeling paint .. 4916
Peeling paint .. 4916
Peeling  paint, more .. 4917
Peeling paint, more .. 4917
Vines, branch and shadow on garage door .. 4918
Vines, branch and shadow on garage door .. 4918
Shadows on the siding .. 4919
Shadows on the siding .. 4919
Pt. Molate houses and San Francisco Bay .. 4921
Pt. Molate houses and San Francisco Bay .. 4921
What is Andrys seeing now? .. 4924
What is Andrys seeing now? .. 4924
Our whole group, including our security guard, in front of the Captain's Cabin .. 4925
Our whole group, including our security guard, in front of the Captain's Cabin .. 4925
Agave overlooking Richmond/San Rafael Bridge .. 4928
Agave overlooking Richmond/San Rafael Bridge .. 4928
Abandoned houses of Pt. Molate .. 4931
Abandoned houses of Pt. Molate .. 4931
On the road through Pt. Molate .. 4935
On the road through Pt. Molate .. 4935
On the road through Pt. Molate .. 4936
On the road through Pt. Molate .. 4936
We must all get this shot! .. 4942
"We must all get this shot!" .. 4942
Andrys getting a shot at Pt. Molate Beach .. 4953
Andrys getting a shot at Pt. Molate Beach .. 4953
View of Mt. Tamalpais from Pt. Molate Beach .. 4955
View of Mt. Tamalpais from Pt. Molate Beach .. 4955
Pt. Molate Beach,  a 180 degree panorama
Pt. Molate Beach, a 180 degree panorama