Moss' crossing linked continent by rail
Historical Photograph Collection
Lathrop photographer J. B. Atwood took this early photograph of the first railroad bridge to span the San Joaquin River at Mossdale. The bridge, built in 1869, was the final link in the transcontinental railroad that made travel possible from the East Coast to the edge of San Francisco Bay in Oakland. The wooden tower in the center sat on a turntable that swung parallel to the riverbank to allow steamboats to pass. The remaining portion of the span was one of only three covered bridges constructed in San Joaquin County.Photo Courtesy of Bank of Stockton
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2005 10:00 pm
William S. Moss was an old man among the miners during
California's Gold Rush.
The tall, blue-eyed Moss was 58 years old when he was lured by
the hoards of young men seeking riches, left Illinois and came to
California. But perhaps because of his maturity and keen
businessman's instincts, Moss saw the gold not in the Sierra
streams but in the ferry crossing over the San Joaquin River.
Friday, April 1, 2005 10:00 pm.