The Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel tall ship built on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, in 1988. The ship, designed by naval architect Raymond H. Richards, was built for Cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, and weighs right around 80 tons (gross, 64 net). The ship is 103' 9" long, 22' wide, and has a 75' mast. It's powered by 2 235hp diesel Volvo engines, and can travel 2,000 miles at a cruising speed of 7 knots. Mr. Richards pulled inspiration from early colonial passenger and coastal packet boats that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns.
In the 1970s and 1980s, residential and commercial developers were looking at developing the area of land located between Dow Chemical and the Antioch Waterfront. In an effort to preserve this area of land, Dow Chemical purchased the land from the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1989 for $11 million as an environmental buffer zone. The land was dedicated as the Dow Wetlands Regional Preserve on April 22nd, 1990, which also happened to be Earth Day.
The Antioch Bridge, also known as the Senator John A. Nejedly Bridge, opened on December 1st, 1978 (two years ahead of schedule!). The bridge spans the San Joaquin River between Sherman Island in Sacramento County and Antioch in Contra Costa County. The bridge features a steel plate girder arch design, which is composed of 2 steel plate girders spanning the piers bellow which supports a lightweight concrete slab above. The girders also have a protective coating which dramatically reduces the need for maintenance or painting. At 1.8 miles long, 460 feet tall, and 2 lanes (or 38.1 feet) wide, this bridge handles roughly 13,600 cars per day, while the 135 foot clearance below allows for several ships and smaller vessels a day to navigate underneath without interrupting the flow of traffic. Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority currently own and maintains the bridge, which is also a part of the Bay Area FasTrak system and has a $5 toll.
El Campanil Theatre is located in the Rivertown Business District of Antioch. Built, owned, and operated by Ferdinand Stamm and Ralph Beede, El Campanil Theatre officially opened it's doors on November 1st, 1928. Originally, the Theatre offered 1,100 seats, 1 screen with "state-of-the-art" projection capabilities, and a stage with back stage areas to support vaudeville entertainment (a type of entertainment popular in the early 20th century, featuring specialty acts such as burlesque comedy and song and dance).
Welcome to the Beauty of Antioch Project. Antioch is a suburban town in the East Bay Area. Antioch, like any town, definitely has its problems. Sadly, because of these problems, most people put a huge stigma on Antioch and all the beautiful locations and views it offers. I've been told by residents they didn't even know Antioch touched the water! We have a whole business district on the water. Antioch is also home to multiple regional parks, monuments, historical buildings and places, and some amazing scenery. This project is going to focus on everything beautiful in Antioch. Views, landmarks, plants, buildings, etc. Along with sharing these photographs, I'll also be sharing some of the history and the story behind the subject. I'm excited to shine some good light on Antioch. I hope you'll join me for the journey!