Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site
At this location on January 8, 1863, Governor Stanford surrounded by politicians and locals, announced the start of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad. You are standing at Mile Marker 0, the origin of the Central Pacific Railroad which traversed east connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad, which joined the United States for the first time in its history. Over six years, thousands worked to construct the railroad. History remembers the driving of the “Last Spike” at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869 as the completion of the railroad. However, a labor dispute with Union Pacific postponed the celebration for two days.
Completion of the transcontinental railroad fundamentally changed the region and put the city of Sacramento on the map.
Excerpt of contemporary announcement of the railroad's completion:
1863 C. P. R. R. 1869
Grand Railroad celebration in honor of the completion of the Great National Railway across the continent.
The Completion of this Great Work will be Celebrated in Sacramento, on the Eighth Day of May, 1869, Under the Direction of the Committee of Citizens Chosen
H.S. Crocker & Co.’s Print, Sac.
To be further inspired by our railroad heritage, visit the California State Railroad Museum at 125 I Street. For information on riding on historical trains, visit www.californiarailroad.museum
Erected by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum. (Marker Number 780.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1863.
Location. 38° 34.956′ N, 121° 30.368′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and K Street, on the left when traveling north on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 190 Front Street, Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (here, next to this marker); Freight on the Move (here, next to this marker); Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” (a few steps from this marker); Lady Adams Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booth Building (about 300 feet away); Sacramento River WaterfrontVernon-Brannan House (about 400 feet away); Sacramento's Early Waterfront (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site. This marker replaced a marker with the same name, First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on May 1, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on March 11, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.