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Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

By Land and By Sea

 
 
By Land and By Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
1. By Land and By Sea Marker
Captions: (left) The Santa Fe tugboat Edward Engel nudging a freight barge toward the Ferry Point wharves. The 250' long barges held 14-16 railcars each and had a draft of 6' when fully loaded.; (center) The newly completed Municipal tunnel in 1915 as it looked from the west end. To the left is the railroad tunnel that was built in 1900.; (right) Map of Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline & Time table for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Co.
Inscription. San Francisco Bay is known for more than its great beauty. Its large estuary, where sea water mixes with huge river flows, is also a major port.
Richmond's deep natural waterfront lent itself to early industrial development. Augustin Macdonald recognized the potential here in 1895, and promoted the idea of a railway terminal.
"On reaching the summit of the hills a magnificent view greeted my eyes...its commercial possibilities appealed to me a once...(it was) the only point on the east...bay where land and navigable water met."
Chicago trains began arriving at Ferry Point in 1900. Passengers and auto ferries operated through the 1930s, while freight operations continued later, into the 1960s.
 
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
 
Location. 37° 55.255′ N, 122° 23.15′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Doran Drive near Western Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 783 Doran Drive, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bank of Richmond (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Critchett Hotel (approx.
By Land and By Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
2. By Land and By Sea Marker
The 1900 railroad tunnel is just visible in the cut on the left.
0.4 miles away); The Richmond Supply Company Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Women's Westside Improvement Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Sentinel" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clay, Kilns & Brick (approx. mile away); Wartime Changes (approx. one mile away); War Boomtown (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline near automobile tunnel.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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