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

Cape Horn Promontory

 
 
Cape Horn Promontory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
1. Cape Horn Promontory Marker
Inscription.  
View of Cape Horn Promontory
North Fork American River Canyon

Dedicated to the memory of thousands of Chinese who worked for Charles Crocker on the Central Pacific Railroad. They were lowered over the face of Cape Horn Promontory in wicker Bosun’s chairs to a point 1332 feet above the canyon floor. The ledge created for the railbed was completed May 1866. They are honored for their work ethic, and timely completion of the Transcontinental Rails ending in Promotory, Utah, May 1869.
 
Erected 1999 by Colfax Area Historical Society, Inc. Dedicated May 8, 1999. (Marker Number 780-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmark marker series.
 
Location. 39° 7.75′ N, 120° 55.417′ W. Marker is near Colfax, California, in Placer County. Marker is on State Highway 174, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located 2 miles east of the center of Colfax. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colfax CA 95713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker
Cape Horn Promontory Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Cape Horn Promontory Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Old Bear River Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Butcher Shop (approx. 2½ miles away); Colfax Freight Depot (approx. 2½ miles away); Jacob Keck, Sr. (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Jacob Keck, Sr. (approx. 2½ miles away); The Railhead Saloon (approx. 2½ miles away); John Butler, Druggist (approx. 2½ miles away); Illinoistown Lodge No. 51 (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colfax.
 
Regarding Cape Horn Promontory. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 780-9
 
Also see . . .  Chinese-American Contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad. Presentation by the Hon. John T. Doolittle of California in the U.S. House of Representatives, Thursday, April 29, 1999. (Submitted on March 11, 2009.) 
 
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Cape Horn Promontory and Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2009
3. Cape Horn Promontory and Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers
Cape Horn Promontory image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
4. Cape Horn Promontory
Note the railbed at the upper left and the American River Canyon in center of the photo.
American River Canyon Below Cape Horn image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
5. American River Canyon Below Cape Horn
California Historical Landmark Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
6. California Historical Landmark Directional Sign
Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
7. Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker
A Tribute to the
Armed Forces of America
Colfax Garden Club
1998
National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.
Cape Horn C.P.R.R. image. Click for full size.
By Carlton E. Watkins, Photographer
8. Cape Horn C.P.R.R.
Stereo view, circa 1865-1880
Courtesy of California Online Archive and Bancroft Library, University of California-Berkeley.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,553 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Stephen McLendon of Placerville, Calif.   3. submitted on October 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on April 6, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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