“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Auburn in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Bloomers Cut

Bloomers Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Geschke, Auburn Parlor NSGW
1. Bloomers Cut Marker
Inscription. So named because of its location on the Bloomer Ranch, it remains virtually unchanged since its original construction in 1864. The overwhelming task of construction was undertaken by the diligent, hard working efforts of a small band of Chinese laborers. Using picks, shovels and black powder, they inched their way through the conglomerate rock cemented together with rock-hard clay. At the time of its completion, Bloomers Cut was considered the eighth wonder of the world. The first Central Pacific train rolled into Auburn on May 11, 1865.
Erected 1991 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Thomas W. Perazzo, Grand President.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 52.677′ N, 121° 4.987′ W. Marker is in Auburn, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Herdal Drive and Quinn Way on Herdal Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn CA 95603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Travelers’ Rest (Bernhard Complex) (approx. one mile away); Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gietzen Fire Station
Bloomers Cut Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dave Geschke, Auburn Parlor NSGW
2. Bloomers Cut Monument
The monument stands just over the fence at the end of Herdal Drive. Bloomers Cut is beyond, through the trees.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Chinese Houses (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Auburn Joss House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bosse-Morgan Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); American Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gold Bug Stamp Mill (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Auburn.
More about this marker. Herdal Drive appears to have been planned to go further but instead it ends at the corner of Quinn Way. There is a wooden barricade fence and the monument is just over the fence. Follow the path beyond the monument for about 2/10 of a mile to the edge of the cut.
Also see . . .  Sierra Nevada Geotourism Guide - Bloomers Cut. In 1862, Indiana State Representative William Holman remarked about the Transcontinental Railroad that it…“could never be constructed on terms applicable to ordinary roads…it is to be constructed through almost impassable mountains, deep ravines, canyons, gorges, and over arid and sandy plains.” Representative Holman identified most of the obstacles that faced the construction of the Transcontinental
Bloomers Cut image. Click for full size.
By Dave Geschke, Auburn Parlor NSGW
3. Bloomers Cut
Railroad and Bloomer Cut is a stunning, historic example of how those obstacles were overcome. The cut is an engineering marvel and a testament to the strength and determination of the laborers who built it.
(Submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 128 times since then. 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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