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Near Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Knights Ferry

 
 
Knight Ferry State Historic Landmarks Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, July 20, 2007
1. Knight Ferry State Historic Landmarks Plaque
Inscription. Picturesque mining center and trading post, 1849, once called Dentville. Early ferry to the southern mines; county seat 1862-72; rare wooden covered bridge reputedly designed by U. S. Grant, brother-in-law of the Dent brothers, 1854; old flour mill, 1854.
 
Erected 1939 by California State Department of Public Work, Division of Highways. (Marker Number 347.)
 
Location. 37° 48.519′ N, 120° 39.947′ W. Marker is near Knights Ferry, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 108/120 at milepost 16.4 and Kennedy Road, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 108/120. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakdale CA 95361, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buena Vista (approx. half a mile away); The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Knight's Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Knights Ferry No. 2 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Knights Ferry Hook & Ladder (approx. 0.8 miles away); Miller's Saloon
Knights Ferry Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
April 30, 2011
2. Knights Ferry Marker - wide view
In addition to the marker, also visible is the State Registered Historical Landmark sign pointing the direction to Knight's Ferry.
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Knights Ferry - The Store (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tulloch’s Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knights Ferry.
 
More about this marker. Duplicate marker is located at Wilms Road 0.7 miles east of intersection of Kennedy Rd & Hwy 108/120. It is on right side of highway traveling in westbound direction. Coordinates are 37.81767ºN, 120.65301ºW.

The “U.S. Grant” named on the marker was Captain Ulysses S. Grant, later Civil War Union General and President of the United States.
 
Regarding Knights Ferry. Town located 1.4 miles north of marker, on north bank of Stanislaus River, north of Hwy 108.
 
Additional keywords. Covered Bridge.California Gold Rush Era Town.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsLandmarksNatural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers
 
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, July 20, 2007
3. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
William Knight, Founder of Knights Ferry image. Click for full size.
4. William Knight, Founder of Knights Ferry
William Knight founded the town of Knights Ferry after relocating from Knight's Landing near Sacramento. This portrait of Knight hangs in the Knights Ferry General Store. William Knight died in 1849, on the street of the town he founded. Called one of the most cold-blooded murders ever witnessed, his assailant's name and if he was ever brought to trial or punished for the crime is unknown.
Knights Ferry General Store image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, July 23, 2007
5. Knights Ferry General Store
Established in 1852, The Knights Ferry General Store is the oldest continuously operating grocery store of its kind in California.
Knights Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frasher Foto, Circa 1948
6. Knights Ferry Marker
Description on Postcard is the marker inscription.
Main Street of Knights Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, July 20, 2007
7. Main Street of Knights Ferry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 3,730 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on December 5, 2014, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. Photos:   1. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on May 1, 2011.   3. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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