O'Byrne Ferry

California State Historic Landmark 281

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#281 O'Byrne Ferry
In 1852, a chain cable bridge replaced the ferries that once crossed here and was supplanted in turn by a covered truss structure in 1862. Certain writers claimed that this was the location of Bret Harte's Poker Flat. In late "49" there was a large camp there, with miners washing out gold on both banks of the Stanislaus River.

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Nothing remains of this site.


County Hwy 48 (PM 0.3), O'Byrne Ferry Rd, 7.1 mi SE of Copperopolis.

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