Port Costa Conservation Societyupdated: October 2013
Port Costa is a small town on the Carquinez Strait, located between Crockett and Martinez in west Contra Costa County. Across the water is Benicia, in Solano County.
General Information
Port Costa’s history is traced back to 1879, when the town was founded. It was a major grain port for merchant sailing ships, with warehouses, saloons and hotels on waterfront wharves reaching halfway to Crockett. From this deep water port, two of the largest train ferries in the world, the Solano and Contra Costa, steamed to Benicia and back. At the peak of the grain season, the town was home to 3000 inhabitants, most of them sailors, stevedores and railroaders.

Port Costa is surrounded by park land . The East Bay Regional Park District currently maintains 1,305 acres of rolling hills, bluffs and shoreline along the Carquinez Strait from Crockett to Martinez. About a mile west of Port Costa, at Eckley, the Park District has installed a fishing pier and group campground. Hiking trails wind through oak and eucalyptus, with spectacular panoramic views of the water and East Bay hills.

Visiting Port Costa today is to be in touch with its past. Windjammers no longer anchor off the shore, the roundhouse and wharves are gone, but vintage buildings in the small commercial district remain, and homes of an earlier time line the main street. The town’s population now is about 190, with two restaurants, one hotel, several shops and a post office. The historic Port Costa School was closed in 1968, but it is being restored and revitalized as a community center by a volunteer group, the Port Costa Conservation Society. One of the regular fund raisers supporting the community center project is the Port Costa Talent Show, a highly popular entertainment attraction.

Contact Port Costa Conservation Society

Contact Port Costa Conservation Society

PO Box 36
Port Costa, California  94569-0036
Phone: (925) 671-7717


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