California State Historical Landmark #438
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This landmark is located in the vista area on Calaveras side of Columbia-Vallecito Highway Bridge over the Stanislaus River on Parrott's Ferry Road, 5 miles northwest of Columbia, California in Tuolumne County. There are 18 other California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 02.373 W 120° 27.380.
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This is the site of the ferry crossing established in 1860 by Thomas H. Parrott that connected the mining towns of Tuttletown and Vallecito. The ferry was in operation until 1903, when the first bridge was built. The ferryboat, of flatbottom wooden construction, was propelled on heavy cables anchored in a large boulder. Still visible (1949) at low water on the Calaveras side of the river is the sandbag dam built to form a small lake that stored enough water to float the ferries in dry periods.