End of the line: Richmond’s Ferry Point

on January 8, 2010

Before bridges spanned the San Francisco Bay and BART trains tunneled beneath it, ferries were the main connector between San Francisco and the rest of the country.

The Santa Fe Railway, one of the largest transcontinental railroads in the country, had its western terminus in Point Richmond, where it unloaded its passengers and cargo onto San Francisco-bound ferries.

Ferry service ended in 1975 and the East Bay Regional Park District eventually restored part of the pier for fishing and recreation.

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