Orinda in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The deLaveaga Station
Landmarking Orinda's History
Did you know that Orinda once had a railroad?
This building is the only remaining station of the California & Nevada Railroad. The C&N, a narrow gauge line constructed in 1890, ran 23 miles between Emeryville and Orinda hauling farm produce and passengers. The first train steamed into Orinda in 1891. For several years, trainloads of picnickers made this community a Sunday destination. Investors had big plans for this little railroad; it was originally intended to run from Emeryville via Sonora Pass to Bodie and on to Colorado for connection with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Financial difficulties; a lack of patronage, and winter floods dashed these plans and the railroad ceased operation in 1904.
Location. 37° 52.797′ N, 122° 10.887′ W. Marker is in Orinda, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Road and Bryant Way, on the left when traveling east on Davis Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orinda CA 94563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bryant Station Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pony Express The Pony Express (about 800 feet away); The Crossroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1923 Orinda Improvement Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1958 The Orinda Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1925 Orinda Union School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Did You Know that Orinda Once Had a Railroad? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orinda.
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.