Tiburon Was a Railroad Town
The Tiburon Peninsula Historical Trail
(Left photo caption:) The magnificent ferry, Ukiah, was built in the Tiburon railroad yards and launched in January, 1891. She could carry 4,000 passengers and 16 loaded freight cars. long and 78-feet wide, she was among the largest ferryboats in the world.
Trains rolled in daily, first pulled by wood burners, then by oil-burning engines and finally by diesels. Spanning 83 years, the last ferry tied up and discharged eight freight cars on September 25, 1967. Tiburon, the railroad town, retired to a new life.
(Middle photo caption:) The only building remaining from this photograph, taken in the early 1940s, is the Donahue Depot, the terminus of the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad. Its owner, Peter Donahue, was a visionary and fiercely competitive entrepreneur who built this railroad in the 1880s. His crews chiseled out hills, blasted three tunnels and sunk trainload after trainload of ballast to fill the marshes between here and San Rafael...a monumental accomplishment.
(Right photo caption:) A deepwater anchorage at Tiburon allowed large ferryboats to carry both freight and passengers coming off the trains. The huge framework depicted, known as "the gallows frame,” lifted the apron of the pier to allow railcars to be pushed onto waiting ferries headed for San Francisco. These
Erected by Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 52.376′ N, 122° 27.3′ W. Marker is in Tiburon, California, in Marin County. Marker is at the intersection of Tiburon Boulevard and Paradise Drive, on the right when traveling east on Tiburon Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Northwestern Pacific (within shouting distance of this marker); One of the Shortest Main Streets in America (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Blake Chapman (about 300 feet away); McNeil’s Pioneer Boathouse (about 400 feet away); The “Harbor Light” (about 400 feet away); 1925 Victorian Saloon (about 500 feet away); James Yeh Jau Liu (about 500 feet away); Fleming Rooming House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiburon.
Also see . . . Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum (Landmarks Society). (Submitted on August 14, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.