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

The River Lines Fleet

 
 
The River Lines Fleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. The River Lines Fleet Marker
Inscription. In the early 1920’s the California Transportation Company, the leading passenger carrier on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, announced plans to build two modern passenger vessels for its Sacramento to San Francisco run. In 1927, the Delta King and Delta Queen, with a combined length of 500 feet, became the largest vessels ever to regularly operate on the Sacramento River. For the first time in Sacramento’s history, the foot of M Street became the central point of passenger service with the introduction of these deluxe boats.
In 1932, the active Sacramento River transportation companies joined forces and began operating under a joint agreement. Technically, the companies were not merged but ran under the common name “The River Lines.” Decline in passenger traffic in the late 1930s resulted in The River Lines ending passenger service on the river in 1940. The Delta King and Queen were put up for sale the following year. The Delta King was returned to Sacramento in 1984 and opened as a waterfront hotel and restaurant in 1989.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.8′ N, 121° 30.44′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
View south from the Tower Bridge of The River Lines fleet tied up at the Sacramento docks, circa 1936
, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. Click for map. Marker is located at the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets, at the eastern approach to the Tower Bridge. 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. City Wharf and Warehouses (here, next to this marker); View Near the M Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker); The Tower Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); The Northern Electric Bridge (a few steps from this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. Delta King and Delta Queen Collection. This site is a comprehensive listing of additional sites telling of the history of the Delta King and Queen, many photos and additional information, as well as the current “struggles” of the Delta Queen. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Welcome Aboard the Delta King. The official web site of the Delta King Hotel (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Delta King image. Click for full size.
Distr. by Fritz Post Card Service, circa 1971
3. Delta King
Description on Postcard: The Delta King was built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926. Measuring approximately 285 ft. long and 58 ft. in width, it accommodated about 200 people. It served on an overnight cruise between Sacramento and San Francisco until 1940 and served in various capacities. It recently has been retired and is tied up on the Sacramento River near the Tower Bridge.
 

3. The Delta Queen. This article takes the Delta Queen from the Sacramento River in 1928 to the Ohio River in 1998. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. The application for National Historic Landmark designation of the Delta Queen. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
5. The Delta Queen’s New Home. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The Delta Queen was designated as a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989.
Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 29, 1989):
One of only two sternwheel passenger boats operating under steam and the sole remaining Western Rivers overnight passenger boat, DELTA QUEEN was built to operate on the Sacramento River in California. In the Second World War she served as a yard ferryboat on San Francisco Bay for the U.S. Navy. After the war she made a hazardous voyage under tow from California, through the Panama Canal, to the Mississippi where she was reconditioned for work on the Western Rivers system. Today DELTA QUEEN is the best known riverboat on the Western Rivers. She carries passengers on overnight cruises over nearly the entire Western Rivers system and serves as a reminder
Delta King image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 11, 2009
4. Delta King
Photo taken from the River Walk, West Sacramento
of the time when steamboats carried the people and supplies that opened the West.
    — Submitted February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. The Delta King and Queen of Today
The Delta King is currently located on the Sacramento River at 1000 Front Street, Old Sacramento and operates as a hotel and restaurant. The Delta Queen operated riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River through 2008. Due to federal safety regulations, it is no longer able to run overnight cruises, and now has been sold and moved to the Tennessee River in Chattanooga where it will be a hotel and restaurant. See Link #5
    — Submitted February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Delta King image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 26, 2009
5. The Delta King
The "I" Street Bridge is in the Background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,552 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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