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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Railroad History of Lake Temescal

 
 
The Railroad History of Lake Temescal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2020
1. The Railroad History of Lake Temescal Marker
Inscription.  Imagine! Right where you are standing one of the world's longest interurban electric railroads called the Sacramento Northern Railway once ran. Along 185 miles of track, it operated between Oakland and Chico from 1912 to 1957. Service on this line to San Francisco via the Bay Bridge began in 1939. In the age before backups on the Bay Bridge, you could board your train at Temescal Station and 31 minutes later you were in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. Imagine not owning a car, but a horse and buggy, and wanting to go to Chico or Sacramento for the weekend. What previously had taken days to travel, now could be done in a few hours.

If you would like to ride some of these original interurban trains, you still can at the Western Railway Museum in Rio Vista, CA. Visit www.wrm.org for more information.
 
Erected by Daniel Levy, East Bay Regional Park District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 50.897′ N, 122° 13.828′ W. Marker is in

The Railroad History of Lake Temescal Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2020
2. The Railroad History of Lake Temescal Marker - wide view
Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Broadway Terrace. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6502 Broadway Terrace, Oakland CA 94618, 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. John Muir School (approx. one mile away); Kennedy Tunnel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Claremont Public Improvements (approx. 1.1 miles away); Star Grocery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Memory of Col. John Coffee Hays (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Kelsey Ranch (approx. 1.3 miles away); Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Original Location (1968) (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Temescal Regional Recreation Are, on the trail that skirts the northeastern end of the lake, right where the trail cuts from going east to going south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Feb. 25, 2021