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

Rocklin Roundhouse

 
 
Rocklin Roundhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
1. Rocklin Roundhouse Marker
Inscription.  Circa 1863 Rocklin was chosen by the Central Pacific Railroad as the location for the roundhouse as it was close to the point where the railbed steepens and heads towards Auburn. The decision to build at Rocklin also reflected Rocklin's proximity to large stands of oak and pine. Each engine required 16 cords of firewood for the strain to the Sierra summit.

Rocklin's roundhouse was at the intersection of Front street and Rocklin Road. It opened in 1867 and included 25 service bays, a turntable, and an 8,000 square foot woodshed.

Fires crippled operations in 1869 and 1873, but the roundhouse operated continuously until 1908.

Remains of several service pits and the roundhouse's west facing wall are still visible.

 
Location. 38° 47.515′ N, 121° 14.254′ W. Marker is in Rocklin, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Rocklin Road, on the right when traveling north on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocklin CA 95677, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rocklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Trott Hotel

Rocklin Roundhouse Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
2. Rocklin Roundhouse Marker - wide view
(within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Mary’s (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George A. Wyman (about 500 feet away); The Fletcher Moon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocklin Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Finnish Temperance Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loomis (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocklin.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in Peter Hill Heritage Park.
 
Also see . . .  Rocklin’s Roundhouse 1867 to 1908 (Roseville Today, August 30, 2005). (Submitted on December 16, 2019.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Marker inset photo: Southern Pacific Locomotive 2726 on the "turntable" at the roundhouse image. Click for full size.
3. Marker inset photo: Southern Pacific Locomotive 2726 on the "turntable" at the roundhouse
<i> Engine house and turntable. Rocklin, 27 miles from Sacramento</i> image. Click for full size.
Alfred A. Hart (right-side stereographic image courtesy of the California State Library), circa 1867
4. Engine house and turntable. Rocklin, 27 miles from Sacramento
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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