Saturday, August 27, 2011

California Historical Landmark #780-1

While Jack worked at a Special Olympics softball tournament, I ended up following the railroad tracks to Auburn. I had originally intended just to look for the transcontinental railroad historical marker in Roseville, but ended up leapfrogging from Roseville to Rocklin to Newcastle to Auburn. Along the way, I also stopped at California Historic Markers for the Griffin Quarry, the town of Ophir and the City of Auburn.

First Transcontinental Railroad - Roseville
California State Historical Landmark #780-1

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This landmark is located in Old Town Roseville on the southeast corner of Church Street and Washington Boulevard, Roseville in Placer County, California. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Placer County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 45.058 W 121° 17.159.

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California Historical Landmark 780-1

Central Pacific graders arrived at Junction on November 23, 1863, and when track reached there on April 25, 1864, trains began making the 18-mile run to and from Sacramento daily. The new line crossed a line reaching northward from Folsom that the California Central had begun in 1858 and abandoned in 1868. Junction, now called Roseville, became a major railroad distribution center.

California Historical Landmark 780-1

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