Old city dump site attracted transients for decades
This 1960s photograph shows Mac Frink at the controls of a small
bulldozer working on the south side of the Turner Road railroad
underpass, shown at right. In the background, over Frink's
shoulder, is the Community Winery where today's River Pointe
subdivision is located. "The jungles" camp, used by homeless since
the 1920s ,was located behind the winery on the river's south bank,
next to the train trestle crossing over the Mokelumne River.
Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:00 am
Since at least the early 1920s, the Mokelumne River's south bank
under the railroad trestle has been a magnet for the homeless.
Lodi used the riverbank land just east of the trestle for its
city dump. And with its proximity to the railroad, the free
resources of the dump and the fresh river water, the spot on the
opposite side of the trestle was an attractive camp for the
Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:00 am.