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Richmond and its industrial neighbors in 1939

By Chris Treadway
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 pm in community, Crockett, El Sobrante, Hercules, History, Pinole, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo.

Above, is an early 1939 promotional aerial view/map of Richmond and its surrounding area. Much of the Richmond shoreline in the foreground has yet to be reshaped for the Kaiser shipyards, including leveling a large hill.
In the background (below) are the West County towns past Richmond on two-lane Highway 40 and San Pablo Avenue, including the forgotten heavy industry company settlements, such as Giant (dynamite manufacturing), Oleum (oil refinery) and Selby (metal smelting).
Click on each photo for a larger view.

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