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Newcastle in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First Transcontinental Railroad

Newcastle

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
Regular freight and passenger trains began operating over the first 31 miles of Central Pacific's line to Newcastle on June 10, 1864, when political opposition and lack of money stopped further construction during that mild winter. Construction was resumed in April 1865. At this point, stagecoaches transferred passengers from the Dutch Flat Wagon Road.
 
Erected 1969 by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Conference Of California Historical Societies and the Placer County Historical Society (May 9, 1969). (Marker Number 780-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1865.
 
Location. 38° 52.537′ N, 121° 8.05′ W. Marker is in Newcastle, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Page Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle CA 95658, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newcastle Portuguese Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Ophir (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wise Power Plant (approx. 1.7 miles away); Griffith Quarry (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bloomers Cut (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Auburn Joss House (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newcastle.
 
More about this marker. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 780-3).
 
Also see . . .
1. First transcontinental railroad. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on March 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Transcontinental Railroad. Construction Company entry (Submitted on March 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
2. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Newcastle Freight Depot - Looking North image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
3. Newcastle Freight Depot - Looking North
Newcastle Freight Depot - Looking South image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
4. Newcastle Freight Depot - Looking South
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,940 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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