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Alameda Mole

A mole is a massive structure, usually of stone, used as a pier, breakwater, or junction between places separated by water.

Historically, the term "mole" was used in the San Francisco Bay Area in California to refer to the combined structure of a causeway and wooden pier or trestle extending out from the eastern shore and utilized by various railroads, such as the Key System, Southern Pacific Railroad (two), and Western Pacific Railroad. By extending the tracks the railroads could get beyond the shallow mud flats and reach the deeper waters of the Bay that could be navigated by ferries. None of the four Bay Area moles survives today, although the causeway portions of each were incorporated into the filling in of large tracts of marshland for harbor and industrial development.

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