California State Historical Landmark #149
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This landmark is located on the South bank of North Fork of the Mokelumne River, 100 feet West of County Road J8, 3 miles North of Thornton, California. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 15.320 W 121° 26.430.
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This river ferry, established in 1849, was purchased by John A. Benson in 1850. In 1852, Benson laid out the then-principal wagon road between Sacramento and Stockton. Following Benson's murder in 1859, the ferry was operated by his son-in-law, Ed Gayetty. The Gayetty house, built in the 1870's, still stands near the levee.
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