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Folsom in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sacramento Valley Railroad

Folsom Historic District

 
 
Sacramento Valley Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
1. Sacramento Valley Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1856, the Sacramento Valley Railroad from Sacramento to Folsom was one of the first railroads constructed west of the Mississippi. The route was surveyed by Theodore Judah, a civil engineer from New York who envisioned a transcontinental railroad connecting the east and west coasts. Judah determined that the best route was from Sacramento along the south bank of the American River, approximately 22 1/2 miles, to Negro Bar, the site that would become Folsom. Prior to construction of the railroad, the railroad's board of directors issued a report to encourage other businessmen to support and fund the development of the railroad. The railroad was constructed from Sacramento to Folsom in order to connect the gold miners in the foothills with the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco. Over 130,000 miners relied upon these cities for their goods. The booming cities of Sacramento and San Srancisco stood to profit from better access to the raw materials of the foothills, including granite, wood, lime, and gold. This access would help fuel the growth of these urban centers.
 
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Sacramento Valley Railroad Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 12, 2016
2. Sacramento Valley Railroad Marker - wide view
The Folsom depot is visible in the background.
40.589′ N, 121° 10.736′ W. Marker is in Folsom, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on Sutter Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Folsom CA 95630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Car/Carpenter Shop (1863) (within shouting distance of this marker); Wells Fargo and Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Turning the Trains (within shouting distance of this marker); Folsom History Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Folsom Pony Express Terminus (within shouting distance of this marker); Turning Locomotives in Folsom (within shouting distance of this marker); W.L. Perkins Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); New Uses on the Rail Yard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Folsom.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sacramento Valley Railroad (1852–1877) (Wikipedia). "The Sacramento Valley Railroad (SVRR) was incorporated on August 4, 1852, the first transit railroad company incorporated in California. Construction did not begin until February 1855 because of financial and right of way issues, and its first train operated on February 22, 1856. Although the oldest working railroad in the state was the Arcata and Mad River Railroad, first operational in December 15, 1854, the Sacramento
Theodore Judah carte de visite image. Click for full size.
Carleton E. Watkins (photo courtesy of the California State Library), circa 1858
3. Theodore Judah carte de visite
This card is the source for the image on the marker.
Valley Railroad was the West's pioneering incorporated railroad, forerunner to the Central Pacific." (Submitted on December 23, 2019.) 

2. The Sacramento Valley Railroad, The first railroad of the West (Mountain Democrat). (Submitted on December 23, 2019.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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