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National City in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
National City Depot
Transcontinental Railroad
 
National City Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
1. National City Depot Marker
 
Inscription. This National City California Southern Railroad Depot, built in 1882, served as the first Pacific Coast Terminus Station of the Santa Fe Railway System's Transcontinental Railroad. The station was the West Coast general office and figured prominently in Santa Fe's effort to break the economic and transportation monopoly of California held by the Central/Southern Pacific Railroad. The first transcontinental trains arrived in November 1885, resulting in one of the largest land booms in the history of California. Of the original five transcontinental railroad terminus stations, this unique Italianate designed station is the lone survivor.
 
Erected 1997 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of National City and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter. (Marker Number 1023.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 32° 39.627′ N, 117° 6.689′ W. Marker is in National City, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Bay Marina Drive west of West 23rd Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: National City CA 91950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
National City Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
2. National City Depot Marker
 
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National City Historic Railcar Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Hotel del Coronado (approx. 4.1 miles away); Dragon Tree (approx. 4.1 miles away); Christmas Tree (approx. 4.1 miles away); San Diego Bay (approx. 4.3 miles away); Downtown San Diego (approx. 4.3 miles away); Star Park (approx. 4.4 miles away); Balboa Park (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Railroad Spikes - Part of the Marker Base Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
3. Railroad Spikes - Part of the Marker Base
 
 
National City Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
4. National City Depot
 
 
Transcontinental RR Station (1886) Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
5. Transcontinental RR Station (1886)
 
 
Model Railroad Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
6. Model Railroad
 
 
Model Railroad Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
7. Model Railroad
 
 
National City Historic Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
8. National City Historic Depot
 
 
Transcontinental RR Station (1886) Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
9. Transcontinental RR Station (1886)
 
 
El Camino Real Bell Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Kindig, August 11, 2007
10. El Camino Real Bell
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 245 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 5, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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