Bay Farm History Book Released

Alameda Museum    The above photo of Bay Farm in the late 1940s or early 1950s shows the superstructures of World War I-era destroyers used as a breakwater in the distance. This photo graces the cover of Stellar Media Group’s new history book.

That’s right Alamedans, we finally did it. As of this writing, the long-awaited history of Bay Farm Island, promised by my fellow historian Dennis Evanosky and I, is being shepherded through the press by Bob Baker of Excel Graphics. Copies of Bay Farm Island, A Hidden History of Alameda are expected to be available soon after the Fourth of July holiday.

Years in the making, the book presents a series of stories of the history of Bay Farm Island, from the Native American presence to the development of Harbor Bay. The book features 125 pages of photos and history bound to delight residents of Bay Farm, and Alameda fans in general. 

Learn the stories of “The Bald Baron of Bay Farm,” the haunting of the Bay Farm Island Bridge and the World War I-era Navy destroyers that helped create today’s neighborhoods. Learn about Jack London’s connection to Bay Farm, the history of Alameda’s city dump and the legacy of developer Ron Cowan. 

Referencing every source of the words “Bay Farm Island” online, in print and in personal conversations available to the Alameda Sun, the book marks the fifth in the History is All Around Us series begun with Oakland’s Laurel District by Dennis Evanosky in 2007. The series has since continued with Mountain View Cemetery in 2007, Alameda an Architectural Treasure Chest in 2008 and Lives of the Dead at Mountain View Cemetery in 2015. 

For copies of Bay Farm Island, A Hidden History of Alameda, send a check for $30 per copy to Alameda Sun, 3215J Encinal Ave., Alameda CA 94501, include quantity and shipping address. See ad below or www.alamedasun.com/bookstore for more information.