First Landing Place of Sailing Launch Comet

California State Historic Landmark 437

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#437 The Comet - 1846 - First Sail Launch
First known sail launch to ascend San Joaquin River from San Francisco landed here Autumn, 1846. Carried 20 Mormon pioneers who founded New Hope agricultural project on Stanislaus. Yoke of oxen and span of mules driven from Marsh's Landing (Antioch) by two men who followed crude map drawn by Merritt the trapper. Two years later, Doak and Bonsell operated here the first ferry on San Joaquin River.

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From I-5 take Louise Ave exit. Take W side frontage road (Manthey) S 1.8 mi to entrance to Mossdale Crossing Park and Ramp, 2.0 mi N of intersection of I-5 and I-205, Tracy.


Plaque for site #780-7 at same location.

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