Near Concord in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This old factory town and World War I port possessed three essential qualities: deep water, a railroad, and isolation the latter to protect civilians from potential disaster. The first ship pulled up to the new 1,260-foot-fong dock (the remains of which are in front of you) in May 1944, and the job of loading munitions for the Pacific campaigns began.
Following World War II, Port Chicago became the major ordnance-shipping center on the West Coast. Through here passed much of the ordnance used in Korea and Vietnam, and thirty percent of the munitions used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
(Aerial photo) Port Chicago in 1944. The town is at top left. Pier One is at bottom. The pilings for the pier are visible today.
(Left inset) The docks here could and still can accommodate the largest ammunition carriers in the world.
Erected by United States Navy National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1944.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 3.445′ N, 122° 1.809′ W. Marker was near Concord, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker was on Kinney Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Marker was at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Concord CA 94520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Port Chicago Naval Magazine (here, next to this marker); Dangerous Work (a few steps from this marker); Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); (Port Chicago) Disaster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Only Train Stop in Clyde (approx. 2.4 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775-1776 (approx. 4.3 miles away); Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe (approx. 4.3 miles away); A Window into the Past (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.