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Knight's Ferry State Historic Park

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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 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 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 in California. 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.


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Mill Office, 1857




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