Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s
In the photo above, the building at this time sports a banner reading “Opposition Str. Chin Du Wan.” The Chin Du Wan was a popular steamboat that operated from time to time on the Sacramento River. The phrase “Opposition Steamer,” visible on the banner sign, dates back to the 1850s in Sacramento after the consolidation of many of the independent steamer operators. First, the People’s Line was formed in 1851 and, in 1854, the California Steam Navigation Company. The “Opposition” was comprised of independent boat operators who attempted to capture some of the river-transport market with lower rates.
The California Steam Navigation Company was created to end cut-throat and uneconomical steamboat operations. Rate wars between independently owned and operated steamboats had financially
In 1854, many steamboats were taken out of service and the owners paid to mothball their vessels. Some steamers were dismantled or shipped to other river systems such as the Columbia or Puget Sound regions.
The steamer Chin Du Wan was famous as an Opposition boat. The boat’s steam calliope was used to attract customers to its remote landing and irregular schedule. Opposition boats remained a colorful 19th century phenomenon, which generally ended in the 1870s when the river lost its role as the sole means of travel between Sacramento and San Francisco.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 38° 34.786′ N, 121° 30.445′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. Marker is located on the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets, near 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. The First Brick Building in Sacramento (here, next to this marker); The Docks (a few steps from The River Lines Fleet (within shouting distance of this marker); City Wharf and Warehouses (within shouting distance of this marker); View Near the M Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tower Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Tower Bridge: Gateway to the Capital (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.