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First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2019
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site Marker
Inscription.  

First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site
At this location on January 8, 1863, Governor Stanford surrounded by politicians and locals, announced the start of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad. You are standing at Mile Marker 0, the origin of the Central Pacific Railroad which traversed east connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad, which joined the United States for the first time in its history. Over six years, thousands worked to construct the railroad. History remembers the driving of the “Last Spike” at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869 as the completion of the railroad. However, a labor dispute with Union Pacific postponed the celebration for two days.

Completion of the transcontinental railroad fundamentally changed the region and put the city of Sacramento on the map.

Excerpt of contemporary announcement of the railroad's completion:
1863 C. P. R. R. 1869
Grand Railroad celebration in honor of the completion of the Great National Railway across the continent.
The Completion of this Great Work will be Celebrated in Sacramento, on the Eighth Day of
First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2019
2. First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site Marker
May, 1869, Under the Direction of the Committee of Citizens Chosen for that Purpose.
H.S. Crocker & Co.’s Print, Sac.

To be further inspired by our railroad heritage, visit the California State Railroad Museum at 125 I Street. For information on riding on historical trains, visit www.californiarailroad.museum
 
Erected by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum.
 
Location. 38° 34.956′ N, 121° 30.368′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and K Street, on the left when traveling north on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 190 Front Street, Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freight on the Move (here, next to this marker); Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” (a few steps from this marker); Lady Adams Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booth Building (about 300 feet away); Sacramento River Waterfront (about 300 feet away); Vernon-Brannan House (about 400 feet away); Sacramento's Early Waterfront (about 500 feet away); Eagle Theatre (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Regarding First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site.
A nearby 150th anniversary marker for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2019
3. A nearby 150th anniversary marker for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
Mile Marker 0
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
Dedicated May 8, 2019
This marker replaced a marker with the same name, First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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