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


Incorporation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
1. Incorporation Marker
Inscription.  By 1905, Roseville consisted of a small handful of nondescript buildings huddled closely together around the railroad. Population had stabilized at 250. The Southern Pacific, successors to the Central Pacific Railroad, announced its intention to move its terminal and repair facilities from Rocklin to Roseville. This move ushered in a new era which would change Roseville from a sleepy little agricultural shipping station to the most important freight handling terminal on the Pacific Coast.

A phenomenal period of business and commercial growth accompanied the railroad expansion. Between 1911 and 1920, Lincoln Street and adjacent blocks continued to reap the lion's share of Roseville's retail trade. Soon the old buildings dating from 1906 and earlier were becoming increasingly obsolete and long time established businesses were receiving increasing competition from Vernon Street businesses.

In 1948, work started on the long sought after Washington Blvd. underpass designed to relieve the interminable railroad traffic delays at Lincoln Street which connected north and south Roseville. The completion of the Washington Blvd.

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underpass on April 1, 1950 marked a major change for Roseville's Old Town business district as an important commercial center. Closure of the Lincoln Street surface crossing resulted in Old Town finding itself incredibly isolated from the rest of the community.

By 1961, Roseville's Old Town had become largely a ghost town. This was the situation until 1977 when a revitalization movement was inaugurated by a group of new, young energetic merchants and business leaders eager to restore Roseville's historic Old Town business district.

Since that time the Historic District merchants and property owners, aided by the city and federal support, have worked with Determined Resolve To Restore Roseville's Historic Old Town as a vibrant business, commercial and cultural center of Roseville.

Roseville City Council 2008
Mayor Jim Gray
Councilmember John Allard
Councilmember Richard Roccucci
Councilmember Carol Garcia
Mayor Pro Tempore Gina Garbolino

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 1950.
Location. 38° 45.107′ N, 121° 17.22′ W. Marker is in Roseville, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Boulevard, on the left when traveling

Incorporation Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
2. Incorporation Marker - wide view
The "Roseville The Beginning" marker is on the left, while the "Incorporation" marker is on the right.
west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roseville CA 95678, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roseville The Beginning (here, next to this marker); Roseville's First Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Roseville Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Roseville (about 400 feet away); Onyx Club (about 400 feet away); Chicago West Building (about 400 feet away); Roseville Tribune and Register Building (about 400 feet away); The Owl Club Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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