Niles in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
Erected 1979 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No.13 E Clampus Vitus and the Niles Merchants Association, August 4, 1979.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 37° 34.596′ N, 121° 58.597′ W. Marker is in Niles, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Niles Boulevard near J Street. Marker is located at the eastern end of the parking lot next to the Niles Merchants Association Railroad Car Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37701 Niles Boulevard, Fremont CA 94536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other “The Bankers Building” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Post Office (about 400 feet away); Vallejo Flour Mill (about 800 feet away); Essanay Studio Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Essanay Film Studio (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Schoolhouse & Chapel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mormon Pioneers / Mormon Pioneer Adobes (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Chadbourne Carriage House (approx. 2.1 miles away).
Also see . . . An 1870 Map of the Railroad from Sacramento to San Francisco. Make note that the railroad line went around the San Francisco Bay and then made its way north along the San Francisco Peninsula. (Submitted on November 13, 2009.)
1. First railroad between Sacramento and San Francisco Bay
Was the final link between San Francisco and Sacramento, as stated on the plaque, completed September 1869 near Vallejo Mills? Well, not really.
Here's what happened. In 1866, Western Pacific built 20 miles of railroad northward from San Jose, turning eastward at Vallejo Mills into Alameda Cañon to near milepost 33, where construction was stopped for financial reasons. When construction resumed in June 1869 (after the golden
Where was the controlling link of the first rail line from Sacramento to San Francisco Bay? Answer: the San Joaquin River railroad bridge at Mossdale. Upon its completion on 6 September 1869, the first through train from Sacramento arrived that evening at Alameda Wharf, thus completing the first transcontinental railroad to the Pacific coast. See the related marker First Transcontinental Railroad - Lathrop, Ca. for additional information."
— Submitted December 21, 2019, by VK Wong of San Francisco, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,935 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on December 22, 2019, by VK Wong of San Francisco, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4. submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.