Golden Gate Fields horse racing clubhouse and the mouth of Marin Creek. Albany, California
8 February 2010
Photographs by Neil Mishalov
Camera: Canon S90
Panoramic photo of Golden Gate Fields clubhouse. Designed in the late 1930's and built in 1940, the racetrack opened in February, 1941. With the onset of World War II, the U.S. Navy took over the 140 acre property, named the site the "Albany Landing Force Equipment Depot," and stored on the race track site hundreds of landing craft destined for use in the Pacific theater. After the war, Golden Gate Fields resumed horse racing. Based on the current financial difficulties of the race tracks owner, who filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and City of Albany's desire to find a higher use for the 140 acre site, I believe within the next 5-10 years the racetrack will be gone and the site will be put to a better use for the entire population of Albany and the environs. Check back with me in 2020 to see if I was right! 8 February. Scroll ===>
A view of the Golden Gate Fields Racetrack clubhouse entrance. Albany, California. Looking east. 8 February.
The mouth of Marin Creek at high tide. Albany, California. 8 February.