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16th Street Station

Built in 1912 for the Southern Pacific to connect to the local Key Line and the Oakland Pier, the 16th Street Station boasted the first elevated railroad tracks West of the Mississippi and was seems a a proud reflection of the rise of Oakland after the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake. By the 1950s, the station began declining as highways began replacing railroads (elevated HWY 880 is immediately behind it). Damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake closed 16th Street Station for good and moved Amtrak to nearby Emeryville, leaving this part of West Oakland desolate. The building in now under BUILD Housing, which is slowly restoring the building as a revitalization project. It has appeared in the films Funny Lady and Rent.

West Oakland, Oakland, California

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Taken on October 8, 2013