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Port of Oakland aerial, 2000
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph shows the Port of Oakland in April, 2000. The Seventh Street Terminal (foreground) is complete and the new marine terminals along the navigation channel (right) are operational as well. The Union Pacific Railyard and interstate highway links are also visible.
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Date Made:
Dates Used:
2000 - 2000
Port of Oakland
The 140-acre peninsula of the Port of Oakland that extends into San Francisco Bay is called the Seventh Street Terminal Area. It was constructed between 1965 and 1971 by extending a dike from the former terminus of the Southern Pacific Mole and filling it with dredged material. This project was something of a risk; it was undertaken when container operations had not yet proven to be the wave of the future in terms of global commerce. The Port's executive director, Ben E. Nutter, persuaded the Port Commissioners to build the facilities, despite a lack of tenants ready to lease the new space. When the area was completed, however, it was the largest facility for containerized shipping on the West Coast and housed three major terminals, including one for the Matson Navigation Company. Since then, the Port of Oakland has continued to develop its facilities for intermodal container operations, opening the TransBay and Maersk Terminals (29 acres and 36 acres, respectively) in 1977, the Yusen Terminal (40 acres) in 1981, the Charles P. Howard Terminal (50 acres) in 1982, and the Trapac Terminal (21 acres) in 1994. While the Port of Oakland is no longer the West Coast's most largest container port, it remains the Bay area's best and most important facility for container handling.

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