The Abandoned Town Near San Francisco That Most People Stay Far, Far Away From

Situated on Station Island at the southeastern edge of the San Francisco Bay, Drawbridge (formerly Saline City) was founded in 1876 when a single cabin was built for the drawbridge’s operator. In its heyday, in the 1920s, Drawbridge had 90 private homes, but no streets. It even had its own aquifer and one telephone line. Today, it’s nothing but a ghost town with an abandoned railroad station and quite the intriguing history. Located on the Union Pacific Railroad, six miles south of downtown Fremont, Drawbridge has been an abandoned town since 1979 and is slowly sinking into the marshlands.

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Curious to see more of this abandoned town near San Francisco? Check out this very cool drone footage of the abandoned town of Drawbridge.