The Albany Bulb: 28 December 2006

The pictures were taken at the "Albany Bulb"

For decades, the dumping of construction debris of a growing industrial society, filled the marshes and tide flats of the Albany, California waterfront.

An unsightly peninsula began to form...hidden from the mainstream of urban life.

Finally, in 1984, the dumping was stopped. With time, and nurtured by the wind, rain and sun, the rubble of the "Albany Bulb" came to life. Grasses, plants, and trees took root and flourished. Barren pits became verdant grottos. Desolate shores became tranquil beaches and coves. Small animals and birds sensed a source of food and found suitable habitat.

Canon SD-700is camera

Google Earth Satellite photo. The Albany Bulb, looking east.

The Golden Gate Bridge from the Albany Bulb.

Looking east from the Albany Bulb, the Berkeley Hills in the distance.

Looking north, towards the Richmond, California shoreline, from the western most point of the Albany Bulb. During World War II this area was teeming with more than 90,000 workers who were assembling ships and military vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During World War II, 747 ships were constructed in the 4 shipyards that occupied the shoreline. In addition, the Ford Motor Company had a car assembly plant here since 1933. During World War II, the plant stopped the assembly of civilian vehicles and started the assembly of military vehicles. The Ford Assembly plant closed in 1969. The Red Oak Victory, now docked at the site of Kaiser Shipyard #3, was built here at Shipyard #2 in 1944. It is currently undergoing a refurbishment, and will eventually be docked adjacent to the Ford Motor Assembly Plant. Standard Oil of Caifornia, now know as Chevron, has had an oil refinary in Richmond since 1903. The oil that is currently being refined at the plant is shipped in from Alaska.

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This panoramic photo is also looking north, and shows the shoreline east of the above panoramic picture. The large blue building is a United States Postal Service bulk mail processing facility. In front of the mail facility is a Costco warehouse. The populated hills are part of the cities of El Cerrito, Kensington and Richmond. The hill on the right is Albany Hill. It is interesting to note that the location of Costco and the mail facility was at one time a hilly area. In the 1950's the hill was removed with the plan of constructing an industrial park. A train line was laid down to provide rail service to the anticipated industrial manufacturing facilities. However after the Postal Service purchased a major part of the land, the train line was not needed and the tracks were removed.

This location also has a sordid past. On 14 April 2002 the body of a male fetus washed ashore. On 15 April, the next day, a partial female torso also washed ashore. Both bodies were found along the shoreline in the below picture. They were the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn child. The father and husband, Scott Peterson, was tried and found guilty of the murder of his wife and unborn child. He was sentenced to death, and is now on death row in San Quentin prison. Ironically, San Quentin Prison is within eyesight of the location where the bodies were found

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