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Sonora in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Stockton Road and the Shay Engine

 
 
Stockton Road and the Shay Engine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
1. Stockton Road and the Shay Engine Marker
Inscription. For many years Stockton Road has been the main western entrance to Sonora. Originally it turned into a very narrow street at Bradford Street, and traffic would then continue into the City on Bradford.

This Shay engine was built by Lima Locomotive Works in 1910, Serial No. 2297, Cylinders 12” by 12”, 2 Truck, 60 ton. Number 3 was bought new by Standard Lumber Co., for use on its Sugar Pine Rail Road. The engine lived out its entire working life in Tuolumne County. Originally on display in Standard, it was later moved to its present location.

In 1925 the wooden cab was destroyed in a wreck with another engine near Camp Pickering. Workers at the Standard Plant fabricated the steel cab and rebuilt the engine to its present appearance.
 
Erected 1999 by Sonora Lions Club.
 
Location. 37° 58.807′ N, 120° 23.308′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of West Stockton Road (State Highway 49) and Southgate Drive, on the right when traveling north on West Stockton Road. Click for map. The marker and Shay engine are on display on the northeast corner of the intersection near the entrance to the Tuolumne County Fair Grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Sonora CA 95370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Stockton Road and the Shay Engine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
2. Stockton Road and the Shay Engine Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jedediah Strong Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuolumne County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Two-Story House in Sonora (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sonora Opera Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sonora Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Sonora Plaza Well (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sonora (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sonora Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonora.
 
Regarding Stockton Road and the Shay Engine. Shay #3 was put into operation in 1910 as part of the Sugar Pine Railway, the steam-logging railroad of the Standard Lumber Company, which was succeeded by the Pickering Lumber Company. The standard gauge, two truck, 60-ton locomotive pulled many flatcars of logs from the rich timberlands of the Sierra Nevada east of Sonora.
 
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Sugar Pine Railroad Shay Engine #3 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
3. Sugar Pine Railroad Shay Engine #3
The Marker and Shay Engine image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
4. The Marker and Shay Engine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 5 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.
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