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Anniversaries do have a habit of repeating themselves. Last Tuesday's Chronicle featured an illustrated story of the demolition of the slip of the Mare Island Ferry Co. at the foot of Georgia Street. Since the days of Farragut (1854) this area has been the departure point of passengers bound for the naval shipyard.
Two different towns of Cordelia
According to Thompson and West's 1878 Atlas of Solano County, Cordelia is the second-oldest town in Solano County. The same information was provided in the 1879 Wood-Alley History of Solano County. Since then, writer after writer and historian after historian has repeated this as fact ... including me.
3/17/1968 News Clipping of the ferry Solano entering the slip at Port Costa
After Mare Island stint, Farragut damned torpedoes
Information for this article came from the Mare Island Naval Ship yard historian's files and the Vacaville Heritage Council. Last of three parts Last week: Mare Island, officially declared a shipyard, sends help during a vigilante uprising in San Francisco. Plantings are established on the island as its future shape begins to take form.
Mare Island shipyard celebrates 150th birthday
This past week, Mare Island celebrated its 150th anniversary. The shipyard facility closed in March 1996. According to Sue Lemmon and Ernie Wichels, in their book, "Sidewheelers to Nuclear Power," Mare Island was established in 1854, and was the oldest naval installation in the Pacific.
Early depot town faded away
My interest in Solano County history began in the 1990s after I retired from Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and it grew by leaps and bounds when I met who I consider one of Vacaville's finest men ever to grace this community, Bert Hughes, at the Vacaville Heritage Council.
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