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Folsom in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Ashland Station

 
 
Ashland Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 12, 2005
1. Ashland Station Marker
Inscription. In 1973, the oldest depot in the West moved to a new home. Ashland Station, reportedly the oldest railroad depot west of the Mississippi, was transported across Rainbow Bridge to its present location at the Folsom Interpretive Area next to the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. Crews moved the rustic station from its previous site at the intersection of Folsom Rd. and Greenback Lane by inching it across the narrow bridge. Ashland Station served the small town of Ashland, previously known as Big Gulch, Russville and Rowlesville. Mining is thought to have begun as early as 1849 and this settlement boasted a tumultuous history with names that changed almost as fast as their rowdy population.

In 1862, the California Central Railroad and the Sacramento Placer Nevada Railroad completed tracks. Trains heading north from Folsom crossed the American River over the high-rise railroad bridge to Ashland and then continued to Auburn or Marysville. In the late 1860ís Central Pacific Railroad offered Sacramento to Roseville service forcing Sacramento Placer Nevada Railroad into foreclosure. The tracks would be eventually used for the Folsom to Placerville connection. With the end of the railway, the population of the town moved and the depot sat empty or as a storage shed for years until moved to its current location.
 
Location.
Close up of Photos on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 12, 2005
2. Close up of Photos on Marker
38° 40.653′ N, 121° 10.713′ W. Marker is in Folsom, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Wool Street near Leidesdorf Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Folsom CA 95630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Folsom City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); J. Clifton Toney (about 300 feet away); Turning the Trains (about 400 feet away); Folsom History Museum (about 400 feet away); Folsom Pony Express Terminus (about 400 feet away); Wells Fargo and Company (about 400 feet away); Folsom Terminal (about 800 feet away); Leidesdorff Plaza (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Folsom.
 
Regarding Ashland Station. Ashland Station is located at the Folsom Interpretive Area on Wool Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. Train Web -Brief History of the Sacramento Placer Nevada Railroad. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - Rails of the West. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Ashland Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 7, 2008
3. Ashland Station Marker
Ashland Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 12, 2005
4. Ashland Station
Marker on Sign Board in Front of Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 12, 2005
5. Marker on Sign Board in Front of Station
This freight depot was constructed around 1858-1859 in the vicinity of Ashland Station Shopping Center at the corner of Greenback Lane and Folsom-Auburn Road after a railroad bridge was built across the American River near where the Rainbow Bridge is now located. The railroad had two branches. One went through what is now Orangevale to Lincoln and the other branch headed in the direction of Auburn.

The City of Folsom had the depot moved during the 1970's to this location for its preservation. This is the oldest freight depot west of the Mississippi. Notice the square nails and mortise and tenon joints of the floor support beams.
Square Nails in Floor Boards image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 7, 2008
6. Square Nails in Floor Boards
Side View of Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 7, 2008
7. Side View of Station
Rear View of Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 7, 2008
8. Rear View of Station
 
 
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