Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
California’s First Passenger Railroad
Erected 1955 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with The Sacramento County Historical Society, February 12, 1955. (Marker Number 526.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail 🐎 series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
Location. 38° 34.44′ N, 121° 30.406′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of R Street and 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west on R Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other R Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Transportation by Water and Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Street Lights (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Birth Place of the Railroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rededication of El Centro Mexicano Plaque (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Docks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Brick Building in Sacramento (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding California’s First Passenger Railroad. The Sacramento Valley Railroad had been completed in 1856, largely with the aid of San Francisco capital. It was the first commercial railroad west of the Mississippi, and also carried the Pony Express Mail to its terminus at Folsom.
Also see . . .
1. Building the Sacramento Valley Railroad. During the great Gold Rush of 1849, the Sacramento and the Feather Rivers became the main arteries of transportation, serving the great interior valley and the foothill region beyond. With the phenomenal growth of the area, shipping conditions, by 1852, were becoming acute. The lack of dependable supply was seriously hampering the growth of both Sacramento and Marysville, the two principal freighting centers for the Northern (Submitted on February 11, 2009.)
2. Folsom, El Dorado and Sacramento Historical Railroad Association. Organization website. (Submitted on November 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,068 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 5, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 5. submitted on August 5, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 6. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 7. submitted on February 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 8. submitted on February 24, 2009.