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National Register of Historic Places in Stanislaus County

National Register #75000490: Knights Ferry Historic District
21 June 2009
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National Register #75000490
Knights Ferry Historic District
Sonora Road and Ellen Street
Knights Ferry

The 1,070-acre Knights Ferry Historic District contains twelve contributing buildings and one contributing structure. A plaque erected in 1930 by the Daughters of the American Revolution stands in a small riverside park across Sonora Road from the Community Club:

1849 - 1930

Knight's Ferry was founded by Captain William Knight, a member of Fremont's expedition of 1844. This town was a center of great mining activity and a distributing point for the Mother Lode Country.

In 1854 the first sawmill and flour mill for the territory was erected here by Locke and Dent.

General U. S. Grant visited his brother-in-law, George Dent, here in 1854.

Knight's Ferry was the county seat of Stanislaus County from 1862 until 1872.

Erected by the Major Hugh Moss Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution of Modesto

Knights Ferry is also California Historical Landmark 347.

Contributing Buildings Sequenced By Address
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Name Year Address Remarks
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge1862Covered Bridge Road
Stanislaus River Grist Mill and Warehouse1854Covered Bridge RoadThe warehouse dates to 1854, and the mill dates to 1862. The original mill was swept away by the flood of 1862.
Masonic Hall187017500 Ellen StreetClassical Revival circa 1856-1860
Schell House185617513 Ellen StreetClassical Revival circa 1856-1860
Dent House (Long House)185017679 Ellen StreetEarly 1850's
Methodist Episcopal Church1900Shurl and Ellen StreetsEarly 1900's
Hook & Ladder Company1871Sonora Road
IOOF Hall17615 Sonora Road
Miller's Saloon186017631 Sonora Road
General Store185217701 Sonora RoadOldest store of its kind in California
Knights Ferry Hotel17713 Sonora Road
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