Alameda in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad
[Center and Main Marker:]
This plaque marks the terminus of the First Transcontinental Passenger train that started in New York City and terminated at Alameda Point Pier on September 6, 1869.
Erected by the U.S. Naval Air Station, Alameda in cooperation with the Alameda Historical Society Dedicated Aug. 22, 1953. Wm G. Huff
[Small Upper Marker:]
Ceremonies commemorating the 100th Anniversary of this historical event were held at this site Sept. 6, 1969.
Jointly sponsored by:
Alameda Naval Air Station
Civilian Employee’s Assn.
Alameda Chamber of Commerce
Native Sons of the Golden West
[Small Lower Marker:]
This railroad historic marker sponsored by the Naval Air Station Association, Alameda, California 1952.
Erected 1953 by US Naval Air Station, Alameda and the Alameda Historical Society. (Marker Number 440.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Notable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 6, 1869.
Location. 37° 47.207′ N, 122° 18.175′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on West Mall Square, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located between Lexington and Saratoga Streets at the entrance to the Naval Air Station Mall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alameda CA 94501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pan Am China Clipper (a few steps from this marker); The Jimmy Doolittle Pier – Alameda Naval Air Station (approx. one mile away); A Working Waterfront (approx. 1.1 miles away); An Era of Dramatic Change (approx. 1.1 miles away); Food & Ships (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Music They Played on 7th Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); Seventh Street (approx. 1.4 miles away); Charles P. Howard Terminal (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
Regarding Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad.
Statement of Significance:
With the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 authorizing construction of a railroad and telegraph line, the first concentration of activity was east of Sacramento. Subsequently the line was opened from Sacramento to San Jose. During June 1869 construction was started near Niles, and by August a temporary connection had been made at San Leandro with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad. On September 6, 1869, the first Central Pacific train reached San Francisco Bay at Alameda.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the route of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad westward bound from Sacramento.
Also see . . .
1. Alameda Terminal of the First Transcontinental Railroad. An additional marker located in Alameda: "On September 6, 1869 first transcontinental railroad train linking two great oceans, and consisting of twelve cars and three locomotives passed here on way to a wharf terminal west of here, a location now covered by lagoon for take-off trans-pacific planes, and within confines, present U.S. Naval Air Station. Original celebration held near this spot." (Submitted on March 16, 2010.)
2. Listings of the Overland Route. A detail of the route of the Transcontinental (Submitted on March 16, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 5,602 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on June 6, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 5. submitted on December 2, 2014, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. 6. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 7. submitted on March 15, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 8. submitted on March 16, 2010. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.