An Era of Dramatic Change
Alameda was not always an island. Construction of a tidal canal was proposed to improve tidal flow through the Estuary from San Leandro Bay, and to deepen the channel for large vessel traffic. Alameda became an island in 1902 when the project was completed.
In 1936, the City of Alameda sold the western portion of the island and adjacent submerged lands to construct the Naval Air Station (NAS). It was the largest naval air station in the nation at that time.
In 1997, the government decommissioned the NAS. Since then, the land and facilities have become a mixture of civilian uses including new parklands and trails such as this section of the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Lee's painting Alameda Shore provides a glimpse of this pastoral landscape
930 Pacific Avenue (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
Erected by East Bay Regional Parks District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Environment • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 37° 46.303′ N, 122° 17.894′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Alameda Point Shoreline Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Working Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); The Jimmy Doolittle Pier – Alameda Naval Air Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pan Am China Clipper (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 1.1 miles away); U.S. Maritime Officers Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Skippy Peanut Butter
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.