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First Train Arrives in Davisville

 
 
First Train Arrives in Davisville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 18, 2020
1. First Train Arrives in Davisville Marker
Inscription.  In 1864 it was determined that the Central Pacific Rail Road would extend eastward from Sacramento over the Donner Summit route to become part of the transcontinental rail line.

Planners for the California Pacific Rail Road Company decided to build a line from South Vallejo to Sacramento which would also connect to Marysville and Woodland at a junction in Davisville. Construction and grading of the rail bed began in Vallejo in December 1866 and the first rails were laid in April 1868.

The construction of the first Davis depot began in July 1868 and the first passenger and freight service between Vallejo and Davis Junction began on August 24th, 1868. The fare was $3.00.

Davisville 1868 - In the 1850s, the area was primarily used for agriculture and raising livestock. In November 1867 prívate promoters of the California Pacific Rail Road line purchased about 3,000 acres of the Jerome C. Davis and Isaac Davis farm along Putah Creek. They planned to establish a train station and junction on the slightly higher side of Putah Creek which remained dry during the rainy season. Calling themselves "The Proprietors of Davisville," they

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laid out a speculative town with a grid of plots and streets next to the junction of the railroad line from Vallejo to Sacramento and from Davisville to Woodland and points north.

Once the original train depot was built and rail service began in 1868, businesses, homes and the first post office appeared near the railroad tracks and the town of Davisville was born.
 
Erected 2019.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is August 24, 1868.
 
Location. 38° 32.618′ N, 121° 44.268′ W. Marker is in Davis, California, in Yolo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 2nd Street and H Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Davis CA 95616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. SP Depot (a few steps from this marker); After a Fire, the City of Davis is Created (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building (about 300 feet away); Site of the First Yolo County Public Library Branch (about 700 feet away); Historic City Hall (about 700 feet away); Varsity Theatre (about 700 feet away); Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Davis Subway (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davis.
 

Davis train station and marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 18, 2020
2. Davis train station and marker.
The marker is visible here on the far right. The depot visible here was built in 1914.
sectionhead>More about this marker. The marker is located on the east side of the Amtrak Station in Davis, next to the planter closest to the flagpole.
 
Marker photo: California Pacific Rail Road Engine #3 "Solano" at the Davisville Junction in 1868 image. Click for full size.
courtesy of the Yolo County Historical Society, 1868
3. Marker photo: California Pacific Rail Road Engine #3 "Solano" at the Davisville Junction in 1868
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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