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Left Behind: The Abandoned History of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area

Left Behind: The Abandoned History of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area

by Manol Z. Manolov


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This is a book that takes the reader to destinations in Northern California that most people seldom visit or are even aware of. Venturing into these abandoned worlds, Manol Z. Manolov explores the forgotten historical legacy of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This region, now known for its technology, was once a place of naval bases, military installations, and one of the oldest shipyards in the state of California. Through original photographs and words, the author paints a picture of a disappearing world that not only conveys the stories of local life, the way it used to be, but also raises important questions about the attitudes and mentalities that led to the disappearance of places once so vital to the livelihood of the area. A telling account of the transition from Cold War enterprise to Silicon Valley exuberance, this book presents another, much lesser-known side of the place most now regard as the center of high-tech innovation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634992190
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/27/2020
Series: America Through Time
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 695,030
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

MANOL Z. MANOLOV is photographer and writer born in Bulgaria and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a passion for documenting abandoned history. Finding beauty where others might not is a creative challenge and a personal interest that continues to drive his creative efforts behind the camera. You can visit him at www.manolmanolovphotography.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4

Author's Note 4

Introduction 5

1 Naval Air Station Alameda 9

2 Drawbridge 20

3 Pier 70 27

4 Fort Ord 36

Engineering Compound Facility 38

World War II Barracks 41

Chapels 45

Modern Barracks 48

Paint Shop 56

Motor Pool Area 58

Quartermaster Avenue 59

George S. Patton Jr. NCO Family Housing (The Abandoned City) 61

Around the Base 64

5 Treasure Island 66

6 Angel Island 75

7 Richmond's General Warehouse 85

Conclusion 94

About the Author 96

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