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

Freight on the Move

Central Pacific Railroad

 
 
Freight on the Move Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
1. Freight on the Move Marker
Inscription. Since the days of Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento was the trading center for much of the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada and points beyond. As the railroad network around the capital city expanded, Sacramento merchants were able to market a greater volume and range of goods over a larger area. Each day crates, barrels and sacks covered the Freight Depot as the ever increasing flow of shipments made it one of the busiest places in the city. But by evening, the large open deck was cleared. The Central Pacific first built a freight depot on this site in 1864. Initially, most items crossing the platform were supplies and materials bound from Sacramento to the Central Pacific crews who were building the Transcontinental Railroad eastward. The amount of freight passing through the depot increased as Sacramento wholesalers began shipping groceries and manufactured goods to isolated towns along the line. Business was especially brisk and profitable to Virginia City, Gold Hill and the Nevada Comstock Lode.
The completed Transcontinental Railroad offered faster and cheaper freight service than the old shipping routes through Panama and around South America. Once rails replaced water as the preferred means of transportation, the depot bustled with activity like never before.
During its first five years in existence, the CPRR Freight Depot
Freight on the Move Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
2. Freight on the Move Marker
grew almost continuously until it spanned an entire city block. Nevertheless, business exceeded the capacity of this building by 1880, and a larger depot replaced it on the same site. In 1986, as part of the historic redevelopment of Old Sacramento, the depot was reconstructed to its 1876 appearance.
 
Location. 38° 34.953′ N, 121° 30.367′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Click for map. Marker is mounted in the walkway between the street and railroad tracks at the Depot. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” (a few steps from this marker); Lady Adams Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Booth Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New England Seed Store (about 500 feet away); Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 (about 500 feet away); Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (about 500 feet away); The Pony Express (about 600 feet away); B.F. Hastings Bank Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot. The original wood frame
Close-Up of Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Depot with steamers docked in the background.
Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot was constructed along the Sacramento River, fronting on Front Street between J and K Streets, in the mid-1860s. Located just south of the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, it continued as the principal railroad freight depot for the city until 1880. (Submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. University of California. Photo of the Levee and Central Pacific Railroad Freight Trains, Sacramento, circa 1860/1870 (Submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Close-Up of Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Engine with street scene in background.
Close-Up of Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
5. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Old Sacramento street scene,
Close-Up of Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
6. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
[Text Reads:]
The September 1864 payroll reflects the hourly wage for freight handlers - a good salary for the times due to California's labor shortage. Paperwork kept the freight agent and his assistant busy verifying shipments, recording weights and collecting charges.
Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, November 14, 2005
7. Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot
Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
8. Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,157 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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