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Moraga in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Moraga Station

 
 
Moraga Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 29, 2020
1. Moraga Station Marker
Inscription.  Freight railroads serviced the Moraga Rancho from 1889 to 1957. Passenger service to the Moraga Station began in 1913.

Commuters, high school and St. Mary's College students rode the train in the early days, as well as picnickers going to Madrone and Pinehurst Parks.

In 1939, the Sacramento Northern Railway provided passenger service across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Chico, a distance of 183 miles, until 1941.

The Moraga Station was located near Country Club and Viader Drives. It had a platform matching the height of a mail-coach floor, a waiting room, post office boxes and an express agency.

The yard included a siding to a cattle corral and a packing house, plus a track foreman's home and bunk house.

Across the street was the "Moraga Barn" which had a rooming house in back with a kitchen and parlor for 5 track workers. The Moraga Station was torn down in late 1957.

Information provided by the Moraga Historical Society.

 
Erected by Rotary International, Moraga Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars

Moraga Station Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 29, 2020
2. Moraga Station Marker - wide view
The marker has been located next to the play train and play house, with the play house cleverly outfitted with a Moraga Station schedule.
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Location. 37° 48.524′ N, 122° 6.778′ W. Marker is in Moraga, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Camino Pablo. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga CA 94556, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rainbow Trout Species Identified (approx. 1.8 miles away); Willow Spring School II (approx. 2 miles away); Moraga Train Station (approx. 2 miles away); Moraga Barn (approx. 2 miles away); Old Moraga Townsite (approx. 2 miles away); Joseph Joachin Moraga (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hacienda de las Flores (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Joaquin Moraga Adobe (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moraga.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the play area of Rancho Laguna Park, which is roughly 2 miles from the location of the former station.
 
Also see . . .  Sacramento Northern Railway. "The Sacramento Northern in its heyday of the 1930’s was the longest electric interurban railroad in the US at 185 miles of mainline from Oakland to Chico, not counting branch lines to Vacaville and Central Valley towns of Vacaville, Woodland, Colusa, and Oroville. Built to steam railroad standards, it had everything: streetcar routes, beautiful varnished, and later steel, interurban cars powered by 3rd rail, trolley pole and pantograph collection, a car ferry, dining service and a thriving freight business that outlasted passenger service into
Moraga (Play) Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 29, 2020
3. Moraga (Play) Station
the 1980’s." (Submitted on July 12, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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Aug. 9, 2022