Tuesday, October 18, 2005

CA Historical Landmark #740

California State Historical Landmark #740

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The plaque is behind the Ranger Station at the entrance to the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area . While this might not be the middle of nowhere, you can see nowhere from there. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in San Joaquin.

A city of 3,500 population from 1895-1912, the town had a post office, company store, hotels, saloons, bandstand, and hundreds of homes. The Carnegie Brick and Pottery Company had 45 kilns and 13 tall smokestacks, clay came from the famous Tesla Coal Mine, four miles to the west. Town and plant were served by the Alameda and San Joaquin Railroad.

The town came to an end when the 1911 flooding of Corral Hollow Creek severely damaged the plant and the railroad line.

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