Berkeley Municipal Pier

Berkeley Municipal Pier (HMODK)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94710 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 51.764', W 122° 19.049'

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Berkeley History

— 1926 —

Berkeley's original shoreline was about where Second Street and the eastern side of Aquatic Park are located today. In 1853 a private wharf was built at the foot of what is now Delaware Street, and a working waterfront with factories and piers developed along the shoreline later in the century.

This pier, constructed by the Golden Gate Ferry Company under a 1926 franchise from the City, now extends from the Berkeley Marina, which was built on landfill out into the Bay well beyond the original shoreline. It is a reminder of the earliest urban settlement in Berkeley and a time when goods and people were transported mainly by water. The pier accommodated ferries that carried cars across San Francisco Bay. After big events in Berkeley, such as football games at the University of California, hundreds of cars would back up for hours waiting to board the ferry back to San Francisco. After the Bay Bridge was completed and opened to automobile traffic in 1936 the pier was converted to recreational use, including fishing. Approximately 3,000 feet of the original 3.5 mile length of the pier remain in usable condition.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
Year Placed2003
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 560035 N 4190804
Decimal Degrees37.86273333, -122.31748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.764', W 122° 19.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 45.84" N, 122° 19' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)510, 650, 408, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 636 Berkeley Pier, Berkeley CA 94710, US
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