Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The River Lines Fleet
In 1932, the active Sacramento River transportation companies joined forces and began operating under a joint agreement. Technically, the companies were not merged but ran under the common name “The River Lines.” Decline in passenger traffic in the late 1930s resulted in The River Lines ending passenger service on the river in 1940. The Delta King and Queen were put up for sale the following year. The Delta King was returned to Sacramento in 1984 and opened as a waterfront hotel and restaurant in 1989.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 38° 34.8′ N, 121° 30.44′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. Marker is located at the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets, at the eastern approach to the Tower Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Wharf and Warehouses (here, next to this marker); View Near the M Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker); The Tower Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); The Northern Electric Bridge (a few steps from this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Also see . . .
1. Welcome Aboard the Delta King. The official web site of the Delta King Hotel (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. The Delta Queen. This article takes the Delta Queen from the Sacramento River in 1928 to the Ohio River in 1998. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
3. Delta Queen finds new home. Chattanooga Today entry. (Submitted on October 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
1. The Delta Queen was designated as a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989.
Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 29, 1989):
One of only two sternwheel passenger boats operating under steam and the sole remaining Western Rivers overnight passenger boat, DELTA QUEEN was built to operate on the Sacramento River in California. In the Second World War she served as a yard ferryboat on San Francisco Bay for the U.S. Navy. After the war she made a hazardous voyage under tow from California, through the Panama Canal, to the Mississippi where she was reconditioned for work on the Western Rivers system. Today DELTA QUEEN is the best known riverboat on the Western Rivers. She carries passengers on overnight cruises over nearly the entire Western Rivers system and serves as a reminder of the time when steamboats carried the people and supplies that opened the West.
2. The Delta King and Queen of Today
The Delta King is currently located on the Sacramento River at 1000 Front Street, Old Sacramento and operates as a hotel and restaurant. The Delta Queen operated riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River through 2008. Due to federal safety regulations, it is no longer able to run overnight cruises, and now has been sold and moved to the Tennessee River in Chattanooga where it will be a hotel and restaurant. See Link #5
— Submitted February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,831 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 5. submitted on September 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.