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What This Drone Footage Captured At This Abandoned Northern California Ghost Town Is Truly Grim

This ghost town goes by the name of “Drawbridge.” At one time, the town had over 1,000 visitors daily and 90 buildings with two family neighborhoods. If these decaying buildings could talk, oh the stories they would tell. Today we can visit by drone. The following video will take you there right now! Built in 1876, it was originally meant for just one man. His job? To manually operate a lever that brought two drawbridges up and down for trains in the area. According to a source, “Drawbridge was created by the narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad on Station Island in 1876 and consisted of one small cabin for the operator of the railroad’s two drawbridges crossing Mud Creek Slough and Coyote Creek Slough to connect Newark with Alviso and San Jose.”

The last known occupant left in 1979. What was once Drawbridge is now in the area most of us know as Fremont, which makes this tiny little ghost town a one and only in the Bay Area. Pretty cool, right?

Joanne Kraft
Joanne is a fourth-generation Northern Californian. She knows good sour dough bread when she tastes it and understands the best parts of the Golden State are nowhere near Los Angeles.