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Chowchilla in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Railroads of Chowchilla

Southern Pacific Railroad

 

—Chowchilla Pacific Railroad —

 
Railroads of Chowchilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
1. Railroads of Chowchilla Marker
Inscription.
Southern Pacific Railroad - Before the townsite was created the train stopped at Minturn. Chowchilla was known as McNears Crossing. After it was founded the company moved the train station to a site just south of Robertson Blvd. Twenty passenger trains passed this station daily. When shipping by train was no longer practiced, the station was moved to its present location where it is used as the VFW Hall Post 9896.

Chowchilla Pacific Railroad - The thirteen mile Chowchilla Pacific Railroad was built by O A Robertson in 1913 and served the area for 40 years. Household belongings, farm stock and children were its primary cargo. The Hall Scott Coach, also knows as the Chowchilla Terrific, had a six cylinder 150 horsepower engine and weighed 76,000 pounds. Had the railroad been in operation today it would be considered one of the shortest operating lines in the nation.
 
Erected 2003 by E Clampus Vitus, Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Southern Pacific Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 37° 7.166′ N, 120° 15.65′ W. Marker is in Chowchilla, California, in Madera County. Marker is at the intersection of South 5th Street and Orange
Railroads of Chowchilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
2. Railroads of Chowchilla Marker
A simulated railroad bed sits beneath the marker. A local historian and a group of history buffs stand behind the marker in this photo.
Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South 5th Street. Click for map. Marker is angled towards the corner of South 5th Street and Orange Avenue and can be seen from either street,. Marker is at or near this postal address: 245 South 5th Street, Chowchilla CA 93610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berenda (approx. 8.2 miles away); Madera to Yosemite Stage Route (approx. 15.6 miles away); Madera County Library Service (approx. 15.6 miles away); Madera Zoo (approx. 15.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker sits on top of a simulated railroad spur using actual vintage rails.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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