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The rail line.
The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail line.
It began in Chicago and ended here at Point Richmond. Trains arriving here were then broken into sections 16 cars long and loaded here on 250 foot-long ferries that took the rail cars to San Francisco. The ferries, Ocean View and San Pablo made the round trip with the rail cars and passengers from 1900 when this terminal was built until the late 1930s, service ending after the Golden Gate and Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridges opened. Freight service continued from here until the 1960s.
If you click the image to enlarge it, a sailboat passes on the left; San Francisco is in the haze in the background. Dead center in the haze is Mount Sutro and its huge transmission antenna, the highest point in San Francisco. You get a peek at Angel Island behind the rail terminus.