"Cobblestone" Ballast

"Cobblestone" Ballast (HMAQU)

Location: Sacramento, CA 95814 Sacramento County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 34.805', W 121° 30.428'

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Sailing ships since the "Gold Rush" laden with supplies and sitting deep in the water just above the river bottom have inched their way slowly up the Sacramento River to Sacramento. After unloading, the ships would risk rolling over because they were sitting high in the water without ballast to stabilize the vessel on its way back to San Francisco. The natural product to serve the purpose of ballast and a secondary cargo was "paving stones" or blocks which could be off-loaded in San Francisco Bay communities to pave the streets and work areas, thus keeping horses and wagons from sinking every winter in the mud.
Quarried at Folsom, these stone blocks were usually basalt or granite, and after 1854 were delivered to the Sacramento waterfront by the Sacramento Valley Railroad. This was a significant resource producing freight for the railroad and soon became known as "Folsom Potatoes."
Remnants of these stones can be found in Sacramento and San Francisco streets as well as other cities along the West Coast.
The base of this very monument is made from some of these old cobblestones.
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HM NumberHMAQU
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Year Placed1998
Placed ByMembers of the Sacramento Valley Chapter American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), their families and friends. This Chapter was founded 2/1/91
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 630033 N 4271236
Decimal Degrees38.58008333, -121.50713333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.805', W 121° 30.428'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 48.30" N, 121° 30' 25.68" W
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Area Code(s)415, 916, 209, 714
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 80-98 Capitol Mall, Sacramento CA 95814, US
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