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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Drawbridge, CA: The Bay Area's Last Ghost Town

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 9:08 PM

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"Drawbridge is an abandoned town on the outskirts of San Jose and is slowly sinking into the sloughs of 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 that crossed the Mud Creek Slough and Coyote Creek Slough to connect Newark with Alviso and San Jose.

It eventually grew into a small town consisting mainly of hunting cabins, hotels, and gun clubs. During Prohibition, taking advantage of its location in no man's land between 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."

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The sun was beating down on us when we arrived in Alviso at close to two in the afternoon. Our mission was to find Drawbridge, CA, explore and hopefully not get hit by a train while we used its track as a trail.

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Parking next to the track we set out north, following it into a horizon of salt flats and diked sloughs. After about a half mile of skipping along the rocky and uneven path, we found a dead dog laying in the middle of the tracks riddled with bullet holes.
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