Friday, July 26, 2013

California Historical Landmark 780-6

First Transcontinental Railroad-Truckee
California State Historical Landmark #780-6

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This site is located behind the Southern Pacific Depot, 70 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Nevada County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 19.649 W 120° 11.132.

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While construction on Sierra tunnels delayed Central Pacific, advance forces at Truckee began building 40 miles of track east and west of Truckee, moving supplies by wagon and sled, and Summit Tunnel was opened in December 1867. The line reached Truckee April 3, 1868, the Sierra was conquered. Rails reached Reno June 19, and construction advanced eastward toward the meeting with Union Pacific at the rate of one mile daily. On May 10, 1869, the rails met at Promontory (Utah) to complete the first transcontinental railroad.

California Historical Landmark 780-6

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