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Horse Stalls used as apartments

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Composed of a front and rear compartment--some with no door between. Exterior doors were rough woods planks and the windows were mostly fixed in place. There were no windows in the rear compartments. Flood was either existing asphalt or new wood planks over earth. Partitions between apartments stopped at the top horizontal plate and the space above was open. The least sound traveled from one end of the building to the other. There were neither plumbing nor heating and one single light bulb on a pull chain per compartment. Reminder of the former occupants was quite strong.

Buildings with stairs

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The buildings with stairs were mess halls and the two small buildings on the right were toilets. Other buildings shown were barrack apartments built to supplement the horse stalls. They were flimsily constructed with tar paper on the outside walls held in place by batens. Roof was thing roll roofing. The single wood plank floor on the inside shrank leaving gaps of 1/2" or more through which the wind whistled. As in the horse stalls, the partition between apartment units were partial. Here again, no plumbing, no heating and a single light bulb on pull chain. Size of a typical apartment was 16 x 20 ft. with an average occupancy of 6. Privacy within the apartment was achieved by stringing up blankets etc. The camp was divided into blocks of barracks housing about 300. Each block had its own mess hall, toilets and showers. One laundry building served two blocks.


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The grandstand dominated the entire complex. It was the center of activities and housed the camp administration, visitors hall, canteen, scrip book office and one huge bachelors dormitory.

View from the top seats of the grandstand

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View looking north on El Camino Real at that time the main highway between San Francisco and San Jose. Some barracks appear on the right.

View from lower seats of the grandstand

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View looking north. The racetrack is on the right and the South San Francisco hills are in the background.

From the box seats of the grandstand looking down on people waiting in line to get their scrip book

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View of

From the box seats of the grandstand looking down on people in line to get into the canteen

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Scrip coupons were exchanged there for sundries. There was only one canteena nd choices of items were limited.

View of the guard tower


View of the barracks being built when the evacuees started to stream in


View of gardens

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There were many skilled landscape gardeners. They converted a dried up pond in the infield into a beauty spot complete with Japanese garden, bridges, trees, walks, etc.

The hospital group

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Facilities and equipment were inadequate and supplies meager. It was staffed by evacuee doctors, dentists and nurses. The care and dedication were first rate. (2 images)

Horse stall area (4 images)


Horse stall and Barrack apartments (2 images)


Barrack apartments in the infield


Barrack apartments at race track curve


Barrack apartments


View of the grandstand (3 images)