Napa in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Napa Valley Railroad
Erected 1989 by Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 17.816′ N, 122° 17.089′ W. Marker is in Napa, California, in Napa County. The plaque is located in the atrium of the Napa County complex, a block bounded by Coombs, Main, Third and Fifth Streets in downtown Napa. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Napa CA 94559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Napa Courthouse Flag Staff (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Hatt Buildings 1884 & 1886 (about 600 feet away); Hatt Building 1886 (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church Building (about 600 feet away); Oberon Saloon (about 600 feet away); Silo Building 1932 (about 700 feet away); Hay Barn 1959 (about 700 feet away); Lieutenant William W. Murphy (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napa.
More about this marker. For many years the Plaque was housed in a Napa County Corporation Yard, where it was moved following changes made to the Napa County complex.
The plaque was re-located and re-dedicated in 2012 with the assistance of Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht
1. Additional Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
Steve Hackett was Noble Grand Humbug when this plaque was dedicated. Steve was aslo the county council for Napa County. Plaque wording by Loren A. Wilson.
— Submitted April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.
2. Napa Valley Railroad
Along with river transportation there is no enterprise so closely connected with the development and advancement of Napa County as that of the railroad which once served its citizens almost exclusively. This railroad line was to be built from Soscol, the most northerly terminus of the larger bay steamers, north 4.5 miles to Napa City. It would be named, naturally enough, the Napa Valley
The initial success of this stretch of steam railroad of made officials of the line eager to extend northward to Calistoga, and stock was subscribed to promote the venture. Sam Brannan and the Calistoga Hot Springs interests were most enthusiastic. But the citizenry of the county and particularly the Napa townspeople showed no such positive response and defeated the railroad backers at a bond issue election. The steam railroad was not a financial success, however, as traffic was less than expected and payments of interest on construction notes could not be met. The railroad was sold, and as a branch of the California Pacific, the Napa Valley line prospered and proved a boon to Napa Valley, bringing more people and greater land values to the area. Upon completion, the entire length of the road was 41 miles.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. This page has been viewed 515 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 17, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.