Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Birth Place of the Railroads
“The Docks” area is significant in that California’s first railroad began here. Railroads have directly influenced the development of the southern waterfront for more than 100 years. The Sacramento Valley Rail Road, the pioneer steam line in California, was built from the foot of R Street to the town of Folsom in 1855. In 1859, the railroad was extended along Front Street to the foot of K Street. For much of this period, the railroad maintained a freight interchange with river traffic near the foot of R Street. The principle passenger transfer point was at a platform at the foot of K Street. In 1865, the S.V.R.R. was absorbed by the Central Pacific Railroad, which continued to operate it under the Sacramento Valley Rail Road name until 1877. The rail line subsequently incorporated into the Southern Pacific Railroad system.
A Southern Pacific subsidiary, the Sacramento Southern Railroad, constructed a rail line south from R Street on the early 1900s. The Walnut Grove Branch, as it became known, extended twenty-four miles from Sacramento to Walnut Grove. It was officially completed in March 1912. In “The Docks”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1912.
Location. 38° 34.703′ N, 121° 30.466′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Capital Mall. Marker is located on the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets. 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 markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Street Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Docks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Brick Building in Sacramento (about 500 feet away); Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s (about 500 feet away); The River Lines Fleet (about 600 feet away); City Wharf and Warehouses (about 600 feet away); The Interurban Railroad Lines (about 600 feet away); View Near the M Street Bridge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding The Birth Place of the Railroads.
The Southern Pacific incorporated a new railroad: the Sacramento Southern. Totally owned, funded, and operated by SP, the standard-gauge
(Submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
See Also: All Sacramento County markers related to the Sacramento Valley Railroad for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Article: The Sacramento Southern Railroad. (Submitted on March 4, 2009.)
2. A brief history of the Sacramento Valley Railroad. (Submitted on March 4, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,081 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.