“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

1876 – 1942


—Placer County Terminus —

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
1. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Marker
Inscription. Depot was 100 yards N.E. of this spot. Built by John Flint Kidder between 1874-76. It ran 22 miles from Colfax to Nevada City via Grass Valley. Rails taken up on 1942. Sarah Kidder, widow of builder , world’s first woman railroad president 1901 – 13.
Erected 1976 by Lord Sholto Douglas, No.3 and Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart No. 10, E. Clampus Vitus, May 1, 1976.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus 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. Colfax (here, next to this marker); Schuyler Colfax (a few steps from this marker); 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
Town of Colfax Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
2. Town of Colfax
Marker is on the front of base on the right in center of photo. Colfax marker is on the front of the base on the left.
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.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Click on “Click to map all markers shown on this page” to view marker placements from Nevada City to Colfax.
Also see . . .
1. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. The NCNGR Museum gives a short history of the railroad. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.) 

2. Engines of the NCNGRR. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.)
3. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.)
4. Working on Colfax Railroad, Depot History - Colfax Record. (Submitted on September 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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1908 Time Table Photo, Click for full size
Ken Kidder Collection
3. 1908 Time Table
Showing departures and arrivals from the original route.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,812 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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