First Transcontinental Railroad
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 35.067 W 121° 30.239
10S E 630300 N 4271724
Quick Description: California Registered Historical Landmark #780
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/21/2007 2:46:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM2MM6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member WalruZ
Views: 60

Long Description:
Here, on January 8, 1863, Governor Leland Stanford turned the first spade of earth to begin construction of the Central Pacific Railroad. After more than six years of labor, crews of the Central Pacific Railroad from the west and the Union Pacific Railroad from the east met at Promontory, Utah where, on May 10, 1869, Stanford drove the gold spike signifying completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad, forerunner of the Southern Pacific Company, was planned by Theodore D. Judah and constructed largely through the efforts of the 'Big Four'-Sacramento businessmen Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins.
Marker Number: 780.00


County: Sacramento

Has Official CA Plaque: yes

Marker Dedication Date: 01/08/1963

Old Sacramento State Historic Park, Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, rear lounge area

Website: Not listed

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