Albany Waterfront History(Post-1900)
Albany's most infamous crime happened at the Nobel Depot. On November 7, 1930, a hijacker boarded a Berkeley train, commandeered it to the abandoned depot, and stole $60,000. Soon after the robbery, the depot was torn down.
In 1919, the State Lands Commission granted a 100-year tidelands lease to Albany to construct a harbor. However, the shoreline remained undeveloped, a favorite spot for summer fireworks, swimming, picnicking, clam digging, fishing, and duck hunting. Then in the late 1930s, a horse track
In the 1950s, Albany zoned its waterfront for industry. A small dump at the base of Buchanan Street expanded rapidly after 1961, when California removed its harbor requirement from Albany's tideland lease. Over the next 25 years, filling with construction debris created most of Albany's present shoreline, including the Albany Plateau, Neck, and Bulb. The new peninsula shifted currents, waves, and winds, leading to formation of sandy Albany Beach to the south and the bird-rich Albany Mud Flats to the north. Meanwhile, citizen protest against Bay fill was growing. The landfill was forced to close in 1984. In 1986, California declared the tidelands part of the "public trust,” preventing further filling of the Bay.
Ending a century of private ownership, in 1997 Catellus, the real estate branch of the Santa Fe Railroad, agreed to sell the racetrack to its
Erected by City of Albany, California Coastal Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 37° 53.373′ N, 122° 18.694′ W. Marker is in Albany, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Buchanan Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany CA 94706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Albany Waterfront History (Pre-1900) (here, next to this marker); Albany Waterfront - Nature Transforms (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Wave (approx. half a mile away); Site of Albany's First City Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Garbage Wars (approx. ¾ mile away); Site of Miller's Barn (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ranchos San Pablo and San Antonio Boundary Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cerrito Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. 2. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.