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Sausalito in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

William Richardson

Founder of Sausalito

 

1795 - 1856

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
1. William Richardson Marker
Inscription. In 1822, English-born Richardson arrived in San Francisco Bay on the whaler "Orion." After his baptism at Mission Dolores, he married Maria Antonia Martinez, daughter of the Commandante of the Presidio. In 1835, he founded Pueblo Yerba Buena, later named San Francisco. Appointed Captain of the Port, he dutifully served there for over a decade. Richardson was granted a 19,000 acre peninsula known as Rancho Sausalito, extending from the bay to the ocean and from the Golden Gate to Mt. Tamalpias. In 1956, he died landless. Richardson Bay exists as a tribute to the founder of Sausalito.
 
Erected 1999 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena No. 1.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 51.462′ N, 122° 28.728′ W. Marker is in Sausalito, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Spinnaker Drive near Humboldt Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Spinnaker Drive, Sausalito CA 94965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sausalito Ferry Terminals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1870s Ranch Shed
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
2. William Richardson Marker
(approx. 1 miles away); 1890s Drawbridge Gatehouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1906 Arks Victorian Influence (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1920 Folk Victorian Dwelling (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1920 Victorian Cottage (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1920 Folk Victorian Cottage (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1895 Ark Houseboat (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Garielson Park on the rock-work next to the waterfront.
 
Also see . . .  William A. Richardson, 1795-1856. Alta (Upper) California Governor, Juan Alvarado, described William Richardson as "an educated man who had many friends because he was a man of principle and fair to all who had any dealings with him," and "was of an extremely gentle and generous nature." (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
William Richardson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
3. William Richardson Marker
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By Unknown, circa 1850s
4. William Richardson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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