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

Former settlement
Eckley is located in California
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]


  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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