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Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad
 
The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
1. The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Marker
 
Inscription.
[Center and Main Marker:]
This plaque marks the terminus of the First Transcontinental Passenger train that started in New York City and terminated at Alameda Point Pier On September 6, 1869.
Erected by the U.S. Naval Air Station, Alameda in cooperation with the Alameda Historical Society Dedicated Aug. 22, 1953. Wm G. Huff

Small Upper Marker:]
Ceremonies commemorating the 100th Anniversary of this historical event were held at this site Sept. 6, 1969.

Jointly sponsored by:
Alameda Naval Air Station
Civilian Employee’s Assn.
Alameda Chamber of Commerce
Native Sons of the Golden West

[Small Lower Marker:]
This railroad historic marker sponsored by the Naval Air Station Association, Alameda, California 1952.
 
Erected 1953 by US Naval Air Station, Alameda and the Alameda Historical Society. (Marker Number 440.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.207′ N, 122° 18.175′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on West Mall Square, on the right
 
The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Small Upper Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
2. The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Small Upper Plaque
 
when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located between Lexington and Saratoga Streets at the entrance to the Naval Air Station Mall. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pan Am China Clipper (a few steps from this marker); The Jimmy Doolittle Pier – Alameda Naval Air Station (approx. one mile away); Charles P. Howard Terminal (approx. 1.4 miles away); Evolution of a Marine Terminal (approx. 1.4 miles away); History of the Transbay Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); USS Potomac (approx. 1.4 miles away); Liberty Hall (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Port of Oakland (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alameda.
 
Regarding Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad. This site was designated as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 440 on June 8, 1949:
Statement of Significance:
With the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 authorizing construction of a railroad and telegraph line, the first concentration of activity was east of Sacramento. Subsequently the line was opened from Sacramento to San Jose. During June 1869 construction was started near Niles, and by August a temporary connection had been made at San Leandro with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad. On September 6, 1869, the first Central Pacific train reached San Francisco Bay at Alameda.
 
The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Lower Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
3. The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Lower Plaque
 

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the route of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad westward bound from Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. Alameda Terminal of the First Transcontinental Railroad. An additional marker located in Alameda: "On September 6, 1869 first transcontinental railroad train linking two great oceans, and consisting of twelve cars and three locomotives passed here on way to a wharf terminal west of here, a location now covered by lagoon for take-off trans-pacific planes, and within confines, present U.S. Naval Air Station. Original celebration held near this spot." (Submitted on March 16, 2010.) 

2. Listings of the Overland Route. A detail of the route of the Transcontinental Railroad. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.) 
 
The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 14, 2010
4. The 1st Transcontinental Railroad Marker
 
 
Entrance to the Naval Air Station Mall Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle
5. Entrance to the Naval Air Station Mall
The nearby Pan Am China Clipper marker is located on the right. The 1st Transcontinental Railroad marker is located on the left.
 
 
Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad Photo, Click for full size
By Lawrence & Houseworth, Publisher
6. Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad
Depot was located at the foot of Pacific Street. Photo courtesy of the Online Archive of California and the Oakland Public Library.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 4,172 times since then. Last updated on April 3, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on March 15, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on March 16, 2010.
 
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