You may or may not know that Oakland was the terminus for the transcontinental railroad after the gold spike was driven. The Southern Pacific station in West Oakland is a Beaux Arts building constructed in 1912 and was part of an extended railway system that developed in Oakland after the Civil War. It was closed in 1989 after being damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. The building was granted historical status amid plans and promises to renovate and repurpose it. Almost 25 years later it remains closed, surrounded by a cyclone fence, and slowly disintegrating. Such a pity. Linked to ABC Wednesday.