How did Damon Slough get its Name?

San Leandro BayThe hoards of newcomers pouring into California during the Gold Rush spurred development in the East Bay, and San Leandro Bay assumed the role of a small-scale shipping harbor. By 1853 Nathaniel Damon and Henry C. Clark had established boat landings in the East Creek Slough, now called Damon Slough. These rudimentary landings, similar to many others around San Francisco Bay, included small wharves, marshland warehouses for hay, grain, wood and coal, and small fleets of sloops and schooners. Ships carried agricultural products and wood to San Francisco and returned with goods from the city. Neither of these little settlements lasted into the 20th century, but Damon's Landing is memorialized in the naming of Damon Slough.

Woodruff Minor
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