A living link to history

Joe Meneghelli, 89, has seen wars, felt earthquakes, and watched the evolution of the city of Richmond over decades. He shares his experience working at the Pullman refurbishing shop in the 1930’s.

SS Red Oak is Richmond’s floating museum

Every Tuesday, Lou Berg comes to the SS Red Oak Victory Ship and helps out with restoring the historic vessel. He took a little time to take Richmond Confidential on a tour of the floating museum, docked at Terminal 2. With very few funds, the volunteers’ ultimate goal is to be able get the ship seaworthy, so that it can make short trips around the Bay. Click here for the ship’s official Web site.

Before Napa, there was Winehaven

Between the San Pablo Bay and a steep ridge lined with eucalyptus trees sits a lone burgundy fortress. Sharp-eyed commuters on the San Rafael Bridge may wonder what this structure is, with its turrets and crenellated parapets.  At its feet, a long, narrow wharf stretches across the water toward San Quentin. The Vallejo ferry passes by the secluded promontory every day, but never makes a stop. A road runs through the crumbling premises, but a fence bars would-be explorers from…

History to make way for housing

Richmond’s Japanese nurseries were mostly purchased before passage of the Alien Land Law in 1913, which barred Japanese immigrants from owning property. During WWII, the Japanese families who owned the Richmond nurseries were forced from their land and moved into detention camps. Today, the vestiges of these once great enterprises are targeted for redevelopment.