How did Damon Slough get its
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.
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