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


Carnegie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 5, 2009
1. Carnegie Marker
Inscription. A city of 3500 population, from 1895-1912, and the site of the Carnegie Brick and Pottery Company, served by the Alameda and San Joaquin Railroad. The plant had 45 kilns and 13 tall smokestacks, and the town had a post office, company store, hotels, saloons, bandstand, and hundreds of homes. Coal was used from the famous Tesla coal mine, 4 miles to the west.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 740

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Tracy District Chamber of Commerce, July 1, 1961.
Erected 1961 by California State Park Commission and the Tracy District Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 740.)
Location. 37° 37.983′ N, 121° 32.61′ W. Marker is in Tracy, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker can be reached from Corral Hollow Road 8 miles west of Interstate 580. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18600 Corral Hollow Road, Tracy CA 95376, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (approx. 9.2 miles away); Wente Bros. Winery (approx. 10.2 miles away); Joaquin Murrieta and Murrieta's Well
Carnegie Ranger Station and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 5, 2009
2. Carnegie Ranger Station and Marker
The marker is located directly behind the ranger station, which is located at the entrance of the park.
(approx. 10.6 miles away); Mountain House School (approx. 10.8 miles away); Concannon Vineyards (approx. 11 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located in Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area, a state park for the enjoyment of dirt bikes and ATVs. Although there is an entrance fee to the park, the ranger may waive the fee if you tell them you are only interested in seeing the marker, provided you are not towing a dirt bike or ATV.
Also see . . .
1. Carnegie. Local historian Dan Mosier's page for Carnegie, with a history of the town, including pictures. He takes issue with the accuracy of the historical marker, however, stating, "...The information on the plaque is mixed up with Tesla, another larger town four miles west of Carnegie. The town of Carnegie did not exist from "1895-1912". The brick plant and town wasn't established until 1902. The plaque states "a city of 3,500". The population of Carnegie was no more than 400. The town never could have supported 3,500 people with only two bunkhouses, each capable of holding up to 100 single men, a 20-room hotel, and 18 homes for families. Not even Tesla, which had a capacity of 1,200 inhabitants, could support that many people. Carnegie did
Kiln structure remains, located in Kiln Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 5, 2009
3. Kiln structure remains, located in Kiln Canyon
Althogh little remains to be seen of Carnegie, the remains of a kiln are still visible 1/4 mile up Kiln Canyon. (The sign visible to the right of the kiln indicate that this is an archeological resource area.)
not have "45 kilns and 13 tall smokestacks", as the plaque suggests. It actually had 12 kilns and 4 tall smokestacks and 5 short stacks. The description of the town on the plaque is that for Tesla, not Carnegie. Carnegie did not have a post office, bandstand, or hundreds of homes; these were at Tesla. Instead, Carnegie had one hotel, one saloon, one company store, one bakery, one butchershop, two schoolhouses (yes, lots of children lived in the 18 family homes), and one railroad depot. The last line about the Tesla coal mine is correct." (Submitted on December 7, 2009.) 

2. Carnegie SVRA. The California Department of Parks and Recreation's page for the park, including a brief history of Carnegie, "...Carnegie's unique past can be traced to the Gold Rush when miners, traveling through Corral Hollow Canyon on their way to the gold fields, discovered that the canyon contained a rich deposit of clay. Fueled by California's rapid population growth and the subsequent demand for building materials, the Carnegie Brick and Pottery Company was formed. By the turn of the 20th century a vibrant town with over 2,000 inhabitants was in place and the town's brick factory was producing upwards of 100,000 bricks per day! However, by 1916 the brick company was facing financial ruin and was sold. The new owners, in an effort to return the area to ranch land, sold off the factory's equipment and destroyed what remained of the town's buildings...." (Submitted on December 7, 2009.) 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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