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Near Paicines in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Limekiln Monorail
 
Limekiln Monorail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
1. Limekiln Monorail Marker
 
Inscription. Built in 1894 by J.J. Burt to carry “Diamond Brand” lime from Harlan Mt. the S.P. railhead at Tres Pinos. The track was a single wooden rail. The locomotive was wood fueled steam operated. On its maiden voyage the engine exploded while taking on water from Pescadero Creek thus ending operation forever.
 
Erected 1979 by Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 41.525′ N, 121° 18.313′ W. Marker is near Paicines, California, in San Benito County. Marker is on Cienega Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located approximately 4 3/4 miles from the intersection of Highway 25, north of the Thousand Trails RV Park. Marker is in this post office area: Paicines CA 95043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tres Pinos/Paicines (approx. 2.9 miles away); New Idria Mine (approx. 2.9 miles away); Cottage Corners (approx. 5.5 miles away); 19th Hole Rendevous (approx. 6.7 miles away); Vineyard School (approx. 6.9 miles away); Site of the Tres Pinos Hotel (approx. 6.9 miles away); Fremont Peak Memorial (approx. 11.9 miles away); John Charles Fremont (approx. 11.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paicines.
 
Limekiln Monorail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, January 17, 2013
2. Limekiln Monorail Marker
 

 
More about this marker. The location of the Limekiln Monorail marker is also the site of Geocache GC2EYMM. Earlier reports and photographs indicate the marker had suffered much damage from gunfire. The marker seems to have been repaired, but is being overgrown by brush.
 
Regarding Limekiln Monorail. Contrary to the information on the plaque, the Limekiln Monorail seems to have had more of a career that indicated. See the link.
 
Also see . . .  Tres Pinos Monorail - The Monorail Society. In the March 1958 issue of The Western Railroader, there is an article titled "Lime Kiln Railroad; the Tres Pinos Monorail." (Submitted on January 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 145 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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