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Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Colfax

First Transcontinental Railroad

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker - Colfax image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker - Colfax
Inscription. Central Pacific Railroad reached Colfax, formerly Illinoistown September 1, 1865, and train service began four days later. Colfax was a vital construction supply depot and junction point for stage lines for ten months. It was renamed Governor Stanford in honor of Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives and later Ulysses S. Grant’s Vice President. The real assault on the Sierra began here.
 
Erected 1969 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with The Conference of California Historical Societies and The Placer County Historical Society, May 9, 1969. (Marker Number 780-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.011′ N, 120° 57.159′ W. Marker is in Colfax, California, in Placer County. Marker is on East Grass Valley Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the AMTRAK Station. Marker is in this post office area: Colfax CA 95713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (here, next to this marker); Schuyler Colfax (a few steps from this marker);
Colfax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
2. Colfax Marker
The Schuyler Colfax Monument and Marker are behind this marker on the left
Robert G. Fowler - Colfax (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brick Building in Colfax (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphy’s Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leopold & Josephine Lobner (about 300 feet away); IOOF Hall (about 300 feet away); Illinoistown Lodge No. 51 (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Colfax.
 
More about this marker. Also See: Nearby Schuyler Colfax marker and all other California Transcontinental Railroad markers for additional information.
 
Regarding Colfax. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.780-5
 
Also see . . .
1. Photos of Colfax Historical Sites. (Submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Central Pacific Railroad Museum. (Submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Town of Colfax image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
3. Town of Colfax
Marker is on the front of base on the left in the center of photo. The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad marker is located on the right.
Colfax Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
4. Colfax Station
This building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on January 15, 1999.
Colfax Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
5. Colfax Station
Town of Colfax Looking from the AMTRAK Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
6. Town of Colfax Looking from the AMTRAK Station
Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
7. Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,171 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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