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Knight's Ferry State Historic Park

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.

Dr. William Knight first established a ferry service across the Stanislaus river at this location in 1848. Ulysses S. Grant may have drawn the first plan for a bridge here. David Locker, with help from his brother Elbridge, completed a sawmill on the north bank of the river in 1854. They opened a grist mill the following January. The first bridge was begun in 1857 at the site of the current bridge. In 1862, a heavy flood tore the Two-Mile Bar Road Trip when this place was visited.
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bridge from its foundation and it was swept down river crashing into the Knights Ferry Bridge. The bridge, mill, and town were all destroyed by the flood. In March a new covered bridge was begun (opened 1863) eight feet higher and opened fifteen months later. Various factors lead to a decline of the community in the 1870s. The county bought the bridge in 1884 and it ceased being a toll bridge. Age necessitated closing the bridge to vehicular traffic in 1981.

Today, the bridge remains as the longest covered bridge (331 feet long) in California (longest wooden covered bridge west of the Mississippi River). The park includes camping and picnic areas, the mill ruins are open, pedestrian traffic is allowed on the bridge, and a Visitor Center is on the site.

17968 Covered Bridge Road
Knights Ferry, CA 95361
Phone: (209) 881-3517
Coming from Highway 108 / 120, exit at Kennedy Raod or Sonora Road and turn north at Sonora Road.

Mill and bridge from a distance.

Stanislas River

From Shuper Road looking north to bridge, bridge closed to vehicles.

Looking east toward the bridge from the river.

Looking north at the length of the bridge from the interior.

Looking north at the length of the bridge from the interior.

Looking north at the length of the bridge from the interior.

The old mill.

The old mill.

The old mill.

The old mill.

Boiler in the old mill.

Mill Office, 1857
Visitor Center
Visitor Center.

Picnic area.

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