Dresser, California

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Unincorporated community
Dresser is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°35′33″N 121°57′21″W / 37.59250°N 121.95583°W / 37.59250; -121.95583Coordinates: 37°35′33″N 121°57′21″W / 37.59250°N 121.95583°W / 37.59250; -121.95583
Country United States
State California
County Alameda County
Elevation[1] 105 ft (32 m)

Dresser (formerly, Alston, Dresser Siding,[2] and Merienda[3]) is an unincorporated community in Alameda County, California. Its ZIP code is 94536 and its area code is 510.

Geography and background[edit]

It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northeast of downtown Fremont,[3] at an elevation of 105 feet (32 m). The city's name was Merienda until 1915, and then was Alston until 1957.[3] It was established as a station on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1923 to serve the California Pressed Brick Company in Niles Canyon.

Current status[edit]

The area as indicated on Google Maps as the center of Dresser is currently not accessible from Niles Canyon Road, with a locked gate and numerous "Keep Out" signs posted. There are no signs indicating that the town even used to exist behind the gate. By looking at recent satellite imagery of Dresser (e.g., Google Maps), one can see ruins of buildings and three standing smokestacks that used to comprise the California Pressed Brick Company.[4] Reportedly, the location has been used for partying since it was closed in the 1990s.[5] The adjacent "Secret Sidewalk" (Niles Canyon Aqueduct)[6] is also used for such purposes.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dresser". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Both "Dresser". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 625. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ "California Pressed Brick Company". Wikimapia. 
  5. ^ a b Levin, Sam. "The Secret Sidewalk May Not Be Secret Much Longer". East Bay Express. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sunol Aqueduct". Wikimapia. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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