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California’s First Passenger Railroad

 
 
California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
1. California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker
Inscription. The Sacramento Valley Railroad running from Sacramento to Folsom, was begun at this site on February 12, 1855. Here, at Third and R Streets, was located the Sacramento passenger terminal. The turntable and freight depot were at Third and Front Streets. Completion of the railroad was celebrated at Folsom on February 22, 1856.
 
Erected 1955 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with The Sacramento County Historical Society, February 12, 1955. (Marker Number 526.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 34.44′ N, 121° 30.406′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of R Street and 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west on R Street. Click for map. 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. R Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Street Lights (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Birth Place of the Railroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rededication of El Centro Mexicano Plaque
California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
2. California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Docks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Brick Building in Sacramento (approx. 0.4 miles away); Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s (approx. 0.4 miles away); The River Lines Fleet (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Regarding California’s First Passenger Railroad. The Sacramento Valley Railroad also carried the Pony Express Mail to its terminus at Folsom.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Sacramento Valley Railroad. The Sacramento Valley Railroad had been completed in 1856, largely with the aid of San Francisco capital. It was the first commercial railroad west of the Mississippi. (Submitted on February 11, 2009.) 

2. Building the Sacramento Valley Railroad. During the great Gold Rush of 1849, the Sacramento and the Feather Rivers became the main arteries of transportation, serving the great interior valley and the foothill region beyond. With the phenomenal growth of the area, shipping conditions, by 1852, were becoming acute. The lack of dependable supply was seriously hampering the growth
California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 11, 2009
3. California’s First Passenger Railroad Marker
of both Sacramento and Marysville, the two principal freighting centers for the Northern Mines. (Submitted on February 11, 2009.) 
 
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Folsom Terminal Marker in Leidesdorff Plaza, Folsom image, Click for more information
By Syd Whittle, January 25, 2009
4. Folsom Terminal Marker in Leidesdorff Plaza, Folsom
The Folsom Terminal of the Sacramento Valley Railroad
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Sacramento Valley Railroad, Engine 162 Photo, Click for full size
California State Library - Archives and the Folsom History Museum, circa 1869
5. Sacramento Valley Railroad, Engine 162
On the tracks at the foot of "U" Street in Sacramento.
Sacramento Valley Railroad Advertisement Photo, Click for full size
February 7, 1856
6. Sacramento Valley Railroad Advertisement
Sandwiched between advertisements for three entire squares of ground and the sale of 20 firkins of butter is an advertisement the Sacramento Valley Railroad ran in the Sacramento Daily Union (2/7/1856), prior to the opening of the railroad (scheduled for 2/20/1856).
The Sacramento Daily Union ran a short story on March 13, 1856, reading as follows: "The daily trains of the Sacramento Railroad make their trips with great regularity. As an instance of their punctuality and speed, we may mention that on yesterday the cars left Folsom at fifty-eight minutes past 4 o'clock (two minutes before their set time,) and reached Sacramento in fifty-five minutes thereafter - distance twenty-two miles...." In comparison, 153 years later, the Sacramento Regional Transit light rail Gold Line schedule indicates that a trip between the Sacramento Valley Station and Folsom takes between 55 and 63 minutes, depending on time of day.
 
 
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