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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 37° 47.221′ N, 121° 18.34′ W. Marker is in Lathrop, California, in San Joaquin County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lathrop CA 95330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. America's First Coast-to-Coast Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lathrop Veteran’s Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lathrop (approx. 2.8 miles away); Banta Inn (approx. 4.3 miles away); California Chicory Works (approx. 5.3 miles away); Finley’s Bar and Grill (approx. 6 miles away); Lincoln Highway (approx. 6.6 miles away); Liberty Plot (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 then growing upon the point. He sailed the boat up stream as far possible and then
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 Mesa, Arizona.
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