Vallejo, a city of about 115,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area, was, in 1852 and 1853, the state capital of California. For most of the 20th century, it thrived as an industrial city, supported by a naval shipyard on Mare Island. But in 1996, the shipyard, which had driven Vallejo's economy for more than a hundred years, shut down. In 2008, the city declared bankruptcy. People lost jobs, houses were vacated, and crime increased at a time when, in other parts of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley–fueled gentrification ran rampant. Since then, no major industry has taken the place of the closed shipyard, and work remains scarce. Though it has suffered a run of bad luck, Vallejo is eclectic and diverse in a way reminiscent of an older California, one before the tech boom. In 2016, photographer Carolyn Drake moved to the city and began to take pictures there.