|Below are photos taken of some beautiful paintings on glass found at
the upstairs "captains quarters" bar of the Delta King. The artist
lives in Locke. The paintings give an example of travel on the
Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers back in the Steamboat days.
Since graphics take so long to upload, we put some more steamboat
The artist lives in Locke and has an art studio there
The paddle wheel or steamships usually left San Francisco around 4:00 PM
to travel up to Sacramento. Moon rises on the Delta are shimmery
silver and so amazing, as this painting perfectly depicts the moonrise,
probably in the Cartinez Straits area or else "New York of the Pacific"
in the background.
Sailing in the western Delta region, it appears: San Joaquin or
lower Sacramento River
It looks like one of the many little waterfront villages that cropped
up. The hills in the background make it look a bit like Antioch
That looks like Mount Diablo in the background, so this may be the San
Joanquin river with some indians fishing among the tules.
Here we see Chinese laborers building up a natural levee, such as
Sherman Island, along the lower Sacramento River.
View of a levee that appears to have been built up. A few of the
white herons are landing amoge the tules. The width of the
waterway makes it appear this would be at the confluence of the San
Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers.
Above shows a small ferry crossing between islands. This could be
at the confluence of Cache Slough, "Old River" Sacramento and Steamboat
Slough, or it might be a crossing between Rio Vista and Brannan Island,
before there was a bridge.
Above is an example of the risk of steamboat racing. The west was
truly wild and travel was pretty dangerous for a time!
This may be the sceene Mr. Hutchings saw as he boated up Steamboat
Slough and wrote about the "snug little cabins on Steamboat Slough".
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But it could also be any of the river towns along the "Old River"
Sacramento, like Isleton or Walnut Grove.
This looks like the home now called Grand Island Mansion where there
have been many beautiful weddings over the years!
A view of nightime travel with a bit of tule fog, it appears!
Might be Steamboat Slough or the Sacramento River.
Most likely the bridge between Sacramento and West Sacramento (Then
called Washington City)...the same bridge still in use today!
Otherwise, this could be the first Rio Vista bridge.
This painting looks to be above the city of Sacramento, going towards
This looks to be a sawmill in the foothills, perhaps up towards the
north of Sacramento?