San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The River Lines
The Delta King and the Delta Queen
—1927 – 1940 —
Leave 6:30 P.M. Arrive 5:30 A.M.
June 1, 1927: The Delta King and Delta Queen begin the first of many two-day voyages between San Francisco and Sacramento, departing from Pier 3, the passengers and freight terminal of the California Transportation Company. Holding up to 3,000 guests, fare and accommodations were sold separately, with prices ranging $1 to $5 for accommodations and $3 for a round trip ticket.
“The Delta King and Delta Queen were the last steamboats to carry passengers and freight between San Francisco and Sacramento. These historic paddle-wheelers are long recognized as California’s most famous riverboats. Based in the city, serving 1927 to 1940, they began and ended their careers at Pier 3.
Stan Garvey, Author of “King and Queen of the River”
“I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing in the streets, for I know that the streets of San Francisco are Free.”
Luisa Tetrazzini, SF’s All Time Favorite Soprano
”No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living.”
William Saroyan, Author
“One day, if I do go to heaven...I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’”
Herb Caen, Columnist
Location. 37° 47.846′ N, 122° 23.734′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero. Touch for map. This marker is located at the entrance to Pier 3. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Piers 1½, 3 & 5 (a few steps from this marker); Herb Caen Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Boats (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Embarcadero Freeway (about 400 feet away); Captain Leidesdorff (about 500 feet away); World War II (about 600 feet away); The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (about 700 feet away); Russian Navy Heroes (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the entrance to Pier 3. The entrance leads to a waterfront promenade which is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Several plaques, some historical and some notable quotes about San Francisco, are incorporated into the railing.
Also see . . . The Delta King, California’s Monarch - Maritime Matters. The Delta King and the Delta Queen would be the largest and most luxurious overnight river steamers, each costing over $875,000. Even in the roaring ’20’s, nearly a million dollars was an extravagant sum of money. (Submitted on May 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 1, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 11. submitted on February 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.