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The Birth Place of the Railroads

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. The Birth Place of the Railroads Marker
Inscription. “The Docks” area is significant in that California’s first railroad began here. Railroads have directly influenced the development of the southern waterfront for more than 100 years. The Sacramento Valley Rail Road, the pioneer steam line in California, was built from the foot of R Street to the town of Folsom in 1855. In 1859, the railroad was extended along Front Street to the foot of K Street. For much of this period, the railroad maintained a freight interchange with river traffic near the foot of R Street. The principle passenger transfer point was at a platform at the foot of K Street. In 1865, the S.V.R.R. was absorbed by the Central Pacific Railroad, which continued to operate it under the Sacramento Valley Rail Road name until 1877. The rail line subsequently incorporated into the Southern Pacific Railroad system.

A Southern Pacific subsidiary, the Sacramento Southern Railroad, constructed a rail line south from R Street on the early 1900s. The Walnut Grove Branch, as it became known, extended twenty-four miles from Sacramento to Walnut Grove. It was officially completed in March 1912. In “The Docks” area the passenger and freight line followed the Sacramento River levee. This line currently is being used by the California State Railroad Museum for the excursion train operation.
 
Location.
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By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. The Birth Place of the Railroads Marker
38° 34.703′ N, 121° 30.466′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. Click for map. Marker is located on the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets. 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. Historic Street Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Docks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Brick Building in Sacramento (about 500 feet away); Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s (about 500 feet away); The River Lines Fleet (about 600 feet away); City Wharf and Warehouses (about 600 feet away); The Interurban Railroad Lines (about 600 feet away); View Near the M Street Bridge (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Regarding The Birth Place of the Railroads. See Also: All Sacramento County markers related to the Sacramento Valley Railroad for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Sacramento Southern Railroad. The Southern Pacific incorporated a new railroad: the Sacramento Southern. Totally owned, funded, and operated by SP, the standard-gauge line was to be built in a southeasterly direction
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
View north from the foot of O Street, circa 1872.
In the foreground is the track of the Central Pacific Railroad connecting Sacramento to Folsom. Until 1865 this was part of the Sacramento Valley Railroad.
from Sacramento to Stockton. Plans called for the railroad to be 100 miles long, to serve as a common carrier for both freight and passengers, and to have two branches—one running from Walnut Grove to the vicinity of Antioch, the other connecting Woodbridge with the SP main line. Although the Sacramento Southern never became more than a branch “feeder” line, SP had its reasons for these plans. At the time, the railroad was seeking an alternate passenger route from Sacramento to San Francisco Bay; its main line to Benicia was sinking into the Suisun Bay marshlands, and the SP was unsure it could control the problem. (Submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Wikipedia Article: The Sacramento Southern Railroad. (Submitted on March 4, 2009.)
3. A brief history of the Sacramento Valley Railroad. (Submitted on March 4, 2009.)
4. California State Railroad Museum – Train Rides. (Submitted on March 4, 2009.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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