Golden Gate Ferry
A Wonderful Way to Cross the Bay
FERRIES ON THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Dating back to the 1850s, ferry service provided a vital link between Marin County and San Francisco. This changed in 1937 when the Golden Gate Bridge opened and ferry service gradually declined. Between 1941 and 1970, driving across the Golden Gate Bridge was the only way to travel directly between Marin County and San Francisco.
GOLDEN GATE FERRY IS BORN
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District began operating ferry service between Sausalito and San Francisco in August 1970. In December 1976, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal opened and the first of three new Spaulding vessels was placed into service between Larkspur and San Francisco. The remaining Spaulding vessels were added into service in 1977.
Larkspur Ferry expanded services with the launch of four high-speed catamarans in 1998, 2001, 2009, and 2010. This offered customers new commute options, including more frequent trips, better departure times, faster crossings, and high-speed backup service.
Today, two million customers use Golden Gate Ferry annually to travel between Marin
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1970.
Location. 37° 56.683′ N, 122° 30.525′ W. Marker is in Larkspur, California, in Marin County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Larkspur CA 94939, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sir Francis Drake (here, next to this marker); The Golden Hind (here, next to this marker); Green Brae Brick Kiln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenbrae Brickyard Superintendent's Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mission San Rafael Arcangel (approx. 2.3 miles away); James M. Donahue Ferry Bell (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Gate House (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Larkspur.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.