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Unfinished History


San Bruno Avenue, now Bayshore Boulevard, at intersection with Sunnydale Avenue, 1928. Southern Pacific yards and roundhouse are to the east (right) of this photo, where they were established on the landfill in what was once known as Candlestick Cove, or Brisbane Lagoon.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

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Northerly view from above San Bruno Mountain with railyards and San Francisco dump in foreground, SF city limits not far north of the bottom of the photo.

Photo: San Francisco Planning Commission

The Bayshore yard in 1983, with train traffic. Courtesy Reg McGovern. bayshore-yard-info 10-1983 regmcgovern.jpg

The Bayshore yard in 1983, with train traffic, straddling the political boundary between San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

Photo: courtesy Reg McGovern


Old Southern Pacific roundhouse, long abandoned, in Bayshore train yard, 2010.

Photo: Chris Carlsson


From inside the old SP roundhouse, 2010.

Bay Shore R. R. View looking North from Sierra Point. March 31, 1905 11-southern-pacific-company viewfromsierrapt-3-31-1905.jpg

Bay Shore Railroad looking north from Sierra Point, March 31, 1905.

Photo: Private Collection


Twenty years later, this train coursing the shoreline around San Bruno Mountain at tip of Sierra Point (1926) is no longer on a trestle over water but part of the expanding landfill beneath San Bruno Mountain. Brisbane Lagoon hasn't yet been filled as a dump, and there isn't yet any Highway 101.

Photo: Private collection


Oyster Point c. 1976.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


Aerial view southward along the Highway 101 construction corridor in 1955, Brisbane Lagoon still being filled by San Francisco's garbage.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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