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Near Copperopolis in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

O'Byrne Ferry

 
 
O'Byrne Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker
1. O'Byrne Ferry Marker
Inscription.  In 1852 a chain cable bridge replaced the ferries that once crossed here, to be supplanted in its turn by a covered truss structure in 1862. Some writers claimed this was the locale of Bret Harte's Poker Flat. In late “49” there was a large camp here, with miners washing gold out on both banks of the Stanislaus River.
 
Erected 1993 by Calaveras County Historical Society. (Marker Number 281.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 37° 53.816′ N, 120° 34.567′ W. Marker is near Copperopolis, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on O'Byrne Ferry Road (State Highway 49), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located 7.1 miles south of Copperopolis. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Copperopolis CA 95228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as
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the crow flies. Green Springs (approx. 5.6 miles away); Copperopolis Armory (approx. 6.4 miles away); Copperopolis Historical Plaza (approx. 6.4 miles away); Copperopolis Cemetery (approx. 6˝ miles away); Thomas McCarty (approx. 6˝ miles away); The Old Corner Saloon (approx. 6˝ miles away); Copperopolis (approx. 6.6 miles away); Calaveras Telephone (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Copperopolis.
 
Regarding O'Byrne Ferry. The actual site is now under the waters of Tullock Lake.
In 1938 this was designated California Historical Landmark No. 281.
 
O'Byrne Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
2. O'Byrne Ferry Marker
O'Byrne Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
3. O'Byrne Ferry Marker
O'Byrne Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
Reproduced by Spectratone from a Kodachrome by Mike Roberts
4. O'Byrne Ferry Covered Bridge
Postcard Discription: Covered bridge across Stanislaus River in Mother Lode country in California.
O'Bryne's Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
5. O'Bryne's Ferry Covered Bridge
Note the postcard's spelling of "O'Bryne's".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2024. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,407 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 23, 2024, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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