Between the Landfills and the Salt Hills

In the late 1800s, when the Bay Area was booming, a small settlement bloomed on an island at the southern tip of the Bay. At its height in the 1920s, Drawbridge, CA had about ninety buildings, a few hotels, stores of illegal alcohol, some good poker games, and excellent hunting and fishing. But as the rest of the region continued to grow, Drawbridge faded away. Now it’s a ghost town, off-limits to visitors, and sinking into the salt marsh. I went to take a look at what’s left of the town for the Oakland Standard.

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Molly Samuel

Molly joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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