Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First Transcontinental Railroad

Western Base of the Sierra Nevada

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2009
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription. On January 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln decreed that where the Central Pacific Railroad crossed Arden Creek the western base of the Sierra Nevada began. The hardships of railroad construction through mountains resulted in increased government subsidies. These funds gave the company impetus to finish the transcontinental railroad.
CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK No. 780-8
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the New Helvetia Chapter No.5, E. Clampus Vitus, August 17, 1971.


[Second Plaque
Remounted by
JOHN A. SUTTER #1841
In conjunction with
YERBA BUENA #1
E. Clampus Vitus
March 2009

 
Erected 1971 by Department of Parks & Recreation, New Helvetia Chapter No.5, E Clampus Vitus, August 17, 1971. (Marker Number 780-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 38.048′ N, 121° 24.169′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Fulton Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located north of the clubhouse at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Marker
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2009
2. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
is at or near this postal address: 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento CA 95821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Alister MacKenzie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michael “Mac” McDonagh (about 300 feet away); Anthony J. “Tom” LoPresti (about 300 feet away); Ken Morton, Sr. (about 300 feet away); Frank C. Freer (about 300 feet away); Base Headquarters (approx. 2.2 miles away); McClellan Air Force Base (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named McClellan Air Force Base (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally placed in August, 1971. Due to vandalism, the plaque was removed for safe keeping in 2006. In March 2009 the John A. Sutter Chapter No.1841 and the Yerba Buena Chapter No.1 of E. Clampus Vitas re-mounted the plaque with stronger construction.
 
Regarding First Transcontinental Railroad. This site (along with eight additional First Transcontinental Railroad sites) was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.780 on November 20, 1962.
 
Related markers. Click
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2009
3. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum. Historical Landmarks Relating to the First Transcontinental Railroad. (Submitted on May 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum. Locating the Central Pacific Railroad (Submitted on May 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains ????
California’s “Big Four”, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington and Mark Hopkins, convinced California’s Survey General that a spot on the Arden Creek, only seven miles from Sacramento, was actually the beginning of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. In doing this, they were able to acquire extra funding from the Federal Government toward the building of the railroad over the mountains. It seems there was a larger subsidy given for mountain construction. These gentlemen were able to convince Washington that a gradual rise in elevation was actually the beginning of the rise to the summit when actually it was a sand bar. Based
Arden Creek image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2009
4. Arden Creek
on this information Abraham Lincoln approved the marking of the site as the beginning of the mountain range and extra funding was approved.
    — Submitted May 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. LandmarksNotable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,081 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement