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San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pacific Coast Railway

 
 
Pacific Coast Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, October 25, 2012
1. Pacific Coast Railway Marker
Inscription. The Pacific Coast Railway was completed to San Luis Obispo on Aug. 8, 1876 having started as a horsedrawn rail line on the Port Hartford Pier (Port San Luis) in 1873.

Three foot gauge steam engines took trains loaded with farm, dairy and oil products to ships at the port. They carried passengers, lumber, machinery and household goods to the fast growing communities along the rail line that eventually reached Los Olivos in 1887. During the peak passenger year of 1912, over 62,000 fares were collected.

Regular use of the railroad declined during the depression years and the line was scrapped in 1942 after nearly seventy years of valuable service to this area of California.
 
Erected 1984 by Friends of the Pacific Coast Railway.
 
Location. 35° 16.167′ N, 120° 39.367′ W. Marker is in San Luis Obispo, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (California Route 227) and South and Santa Barbara Streets (California Route 227) on Broad Street. Click for map. The marker is alongside the sidewalk next to the San Luis Obispo Fire Station No. 1. Marker is in this post office area: San Luis Obispo CA 93401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Pacific Coast Railway Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, October 25, 2012
2. Pacific Coast Railway Monument
distance of this marker. Southern Pacific Water Tower (approx. half a mile away); Presbyterian Church (approx. mile away); Dallidet Adobe (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Ramona Hotel Depot (approx. 0.8 miles away); San Luis Obispo Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away); Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Carnegie City Library (approx. 0.9 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Luis Obispo.
 
Regarding Pacific Coast Railway. All of the signs of the old roundhouse and buildings are gone now but they were where the Pacific Coast Center, where Madonna Road meets South Higuera Street, is now. from there the main line ran right up what is now South Street before turning south and heading out of town.

It appears there may be some old rolling stock at 3516'16.42"N, 12039'17.77"W (up Roundhouse Ave. off of Santa Barbara and left at Emily) but they may be on private property.

If you look closely as you drive on San Marcos Pass Road between Hwy 101 and Los Olivos, you can still see evidence of the old right-of-way.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pacific Coast Railway Right of Way Maps. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. San Luis Obispo's Other Railroad - The Pacific Coast Railway.
Pacific Coast Railway Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, October 25, 2012
3. Pacific Coast Railway Monument
San Luis Obispo Fire Station No. 1 at the corner of Broad and Santa Barbara Streets. The PCRy monument is visible along the sidewalk.
(Submitted on October 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. Map of the PCRy. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. Railroads of the Central Coast, An Overview. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
5. PCRy Photos on Flickr. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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