Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Nichols










In 1910, General Chemical, with the helping hand of William H. Nichols, opened shop two miles east of the Port Chicago (then Bay Point) town. General Chemical was set to employ 300 men, for which the company laid out a township, "Nichols", at the present day corner of Nichols and Port Chicago Highway. This township was to house its employees. General Chemical still operates at the location (one of the many mysterious companies / factories that operate behind high fences of mystery that pepper the northern coastline of Contra Costa), but like its sister community of Port Chicago, has been flattened. To the right, Nichols Then, the residences being in the top left of the intersection (south east).
























It is now this
Flattened. Gone. A community, people, souls - leveled. All that remains now are some crumbled pieces of street engulfed by dried weeds. Scattered memories. Barely any old photos. And strange names that remain quizzically on Google and Yahoo maps that leave viewers puzzeled as to why someone would name a clump of weeds

1 Comments:

At Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:59:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch, it really hurts to see one's work stolen. So much better to collaborate. I'm easy to find. The Bay Point Historical Society is easy to find. We'd love to have your participation. Dean L. McLeod

 

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