#0437 First Landing Place of Sailing Launch Comet


#0437 First Landing Place of Sailing Launch Comet

Site information:

Outside entrance to Mossdale County Park, Manthey Rd


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

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 the 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 the San Joaquin River.

Tablet placed by The California Centennials Commission. Based furnished by Alameda County Camps, Daughters Utah Pioneers. October 22, 1949. Rededicated July 27, 1989, by Camps of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties.

Registered 6/2/1949