Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
By Land and By Sea
Richmond's deep natural waterfront lent itself to early industrial development. Augustin Macdonald recognized the potential here in 1895, and promoted the idea of a railway terminal.
"On reaching the summit of the hills a magnificent view greeted my eyes...its commercial possibilities appealed to me a once...(it was) the only point on the east...bay where land and navigable water met."
Chicago trains began arriving at Ferry Point in 1900. Passengers and auto ferries operated through the 1930s, while freight operations continued later, into the 1960s.
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 55.255′ N, 122° 23.15′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Doran Drive near Western DriveTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 783 Doran Drive, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First City Hall of Richmond (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bank of Richmond (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Critchett Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Richmond Supply Company Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Women's Westside Improvement Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Sentinel" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clay, Kilns & Brick (approx. ¾ mile away); Ferries and Frieght on San Francisco Bay (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline near automobile tunnel.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.