Lathrop in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Comet – 1846 – First Sail Launch
Erected 1949 by The California Centennials Commission. Based furnished by Alameda County Camps, Daughters Utah Pioneers. October 22, 1949. Rededicated July 27, 1989, by Camps of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties. (Marker Number 437.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 37° 47.221′ N, 121° 18.34′ W. Marker is in Lathrop, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker is on South Manthey Rd, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Mossdale Crossing Park and Launching Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Lathrop CA 95330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Completion of Pacific Railroad Lathrop (approx. 2.8 miles away); Liberty Plot (approx. 6.9 miles away); French Camp (approx. 7.1 miles away); Ripon World War II Memorial (approx. 10.4 miles away); New Hope – 1846 (approx. 10.4 miles away); Stockton Assembly Center (approx. 10.7 miles away); Moses Rogers Home (approx. 10.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lathrop.
1. First Ferry Boat
The oldest and one of the best patronized ferries was one on the San Joaquin River later known as the Moss Ferry, near the present crossing of the Southern Pacific railroad bridge. It was established in 1849, by John Doak and Jacob Bonsell; these two men in 1848, returning from the gold mines, concluded to establish a ferry, at the point named, and they began operations by running a small yawl across the river carrying passengers.
Later in the year John Doak, going to Corte de Madera, in Marin County, there built a ferry boat of the timber
John Doak, the enterprising but restless pioneer, soon tired of the ferry business and in 1852 sold his interest to Hiram Scott. John Bonsell dying that year in New York, his widow took over the ferry. Shortly afterward, Mrs. Bonsell married James A, Shepherd, who for a season took charge of the ferry. In 1856 it was purchased by William T. Moss, who soon afterward established the San Francisco Examiner.
Source: History of San Joaquin County, California with Biographical Sketches - Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, CA - 1923
— Submitted September 16, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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