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.
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 Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 783 Doran Drive, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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); Wartime Changes (approx. one mile away); War Boomtown (approx. one mile 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.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.