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When it was completed in 1879 the Solano was the world's largest railroad ferry steamer, built to carry entire trains across the Carquinez Strait between Benicia and Port Costa, California. This was a vital connector for train lines running from Sacramento to Oakland (San Francisco), and the Solano was the busiest train ferry in the world.

Watkins made a stereo view from the same camera position, and this monocular view still has a strong stereoscopic feel.

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California Railroad Ferry Solano
California Railroad Ferry Solano
Carleton E. Watkins California Railroad Ferry Solano

Price $18,000

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California Railroad Ferry Solano
Main Image

Ref.# 12202

Medium Albumen Print, Mammoth Plate

Photo Date 1879-1881

Dimensions 15 x 22 in. (381 x 559 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)


Charles Schwartz

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Phone 1-212-534-4496

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