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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“Cobblestone” Ballast

 
 
“Cobblestone” Ballast Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. “Cobblestone” Ballast Marker
Inscription. Sailing ships since the “Gold Rush” laden with supplies and sitting deep in the water just above the river bottom have inched their way slowly up the Sacramento River to Sacramento. After unloading, the ships would risk rolling over because they were sitting high in the water without ballast to stabilize the vessel on its way back to San Francisco. The natural product to serve the purpose of ballast and a secondary cargo was “paving stones” or blocks which could be off-loaded in San Francisco Bay communities to pave the streets and work areas, thus keeping horses and wagons from sinking every winter in the mud.
Quarried at Folsom, these stone blocks were usually basalt or granite, and after 1854 were delivered to the Sacramento waterfront by the Sacramento Valley Railroad. This was a significant resource producing freight for the railroad and soon became known as “Folsom Potatoes.”
Remnants of these stones can be found in Sacramento and San Francisco streets as well as other cities along the West Coast.
The base of this very monument is made from some of these old cobblestones.
 
Erected 1998 by Members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), their families and friends. This Chapter was founded 2/1/91.
 
Location.
American Merchant Marine Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. American Merchant Marine Monument
Marker is around to the right on the monument.
Note the "Folsom Potatoes" at bottom of base.
38° 34.805′ N, 121° 30.428′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Capital Mall and Front Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the American Merchant Marines Monument, at the entrance to the River Front Promenade. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (here, next to this marker); The United States Merchant Marine (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1863 – 1867 (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1914 – 1942 (here, next to this marker); Merchant Marine Monument (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento – 1964 (here, next to this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (here, next to this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
3. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
4. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,657 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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