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Your weekend: Alameda Point’s history

Submitted by on 1, October 15, 2009 – 10:00 amOne Comment

picture01anasalamedaYes, Alameda Point is really on my mind these days. So much so that I’m telling you about a talk local architect and Navy flyer Dick Rutter is giving on the history of the Point this Sunday.

Rutter will offer his “History of the Naval Air Station Alameda” at 7 p.m. this Sunday, October 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue.

Rutter’s talk will start with the Spanish in 1772, and move straight on through with the “hows” an “whys” of the Naval base’s development. He’ll talk about the British Navy’s presence during the Mexican War (1846) and how our little Island figured into that conflict, ultimately ending up with how the U.S. Navy gained control of the region.

Rutter will also offer all sorts of neat info about airplanes and stuff (China Clipper! Dirigibles! JFK!) and a rundown of what role the base played back in its military heyday, before it entered its retirement as a rundown, toxic wreck.

Admission is $5, free for members of the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society, which is sponsoring the talk. For more information, call 986-9232.

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