Near Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cape Horn Promontory
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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1332.
Location. 39° 7.75′ N, 120° 55.417′ W. Marker is 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, measured as the crow flies. Old Bear River Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Butcher Shop (approx. 2˝ miles away); Colfax Freight Depot (approx. 2˝ miles away); Jacob Keck, Sr. (approx. 2˝ miles away); a different marker also named Jacob Keck, Sr. (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Railhead Saloon (approx. 2˝ miles away); John Butler, Druggist (approx. 2˝ miles away); Illinoistown Lodge No. 51 (approx. 2˝ 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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