Eckley, California

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Coordinates: 38°03′14″N 122°12′10″W / 38.05389°N 122.20278°W / 38.05389; -122.20278

Eckley
Former settlement
The City of San Francisco at Eckley in 1971
The City of San Francisco at Eckley in 1971
Eckley is located in California
Eckley
Eckley
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°03′14″N 122°12′10″W / 38.05389°N 122.20278°W / 38.05389; -122.20278
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
Elevation[1] 10 ft (3 m)

Eckley was a city in Contra Costa County, California, which served as a ferry landing for crossings of the Carquinez Strait prior to the construction of the Carquinez Bridge.[2] It lay on the Southern Pacific Railroad 4.5 miles (7.2 km) northwest of Martinez,[3] at an elevation of 10 feet (3 m). The townspeople were very active in the sport of baseball, and about a dozen company teams were supported.[2] The population decreased with the construction of the bridge, and in the late 20th century the last residents left.[2] There was active farming and grazing in the area.[2] Much of the population relocated to Crockett.

The place's name is in honor of Commodore John L. Eckley who established a yacht harbor at the cove here.[3]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eckley, California
  2. ^ a b c d Images of America: Richmond, by Donald Bastin, Arcadia Publishing (SC), November 2003
  3. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 628. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 

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