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

Niles Canyon Railway

 
 
Niles Canyon Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
1. Niles Canyon Railway Marker
Inscription.  In 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad passed this spot on its way to the shore of the San Francisco Bay. In 1984 the Southern Pacific Railroad abandoned this historic line between Niles and Tracy, California.

Volunteers of the Pacific Locomotive Association have rebuilt the portion of the line between Sunol and Niles, so that future generations may enjoy a ride over this important link in America’s Railroad heritage.

Dedicated to commemorate the one hundred and
twenty-fifth anniversary of the completion of the original Transcontinental Railroad

 
Erected 1994 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 37° 35.646′ N, 121° 53.328′ W. Marker is in Sunol, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Kilkare Road near Main Street, on the
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left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol CA 94586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunol (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alameda Creek Water System (approx. 0.6 miles away); Once a Hilltop Castle (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Pleasanton Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Paths Through a Varied Landscape (approx. 4.4 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 4˝ miles away); World War II War Memorial (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunol.
 
Niles Canyon Railway Depot in Sunol and the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
2. Niles Canyon Railway Depot in Sunol and the Marker
Sunol Depot Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
3. Sunol Depot Sign
Niles Canyon Railway Depot in Sunol image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
4. Niles Canyon Railway Depot in Sunol
The Niles Canyon Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 15, 2013
5. The Niles Canyon Railway Marker
A photo of the marker showing that the rock base has been broken and the marker is knocked over.
Niles Canyon Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 8, 2013
6. Niles Canyon Railway Marker
The marker and rock base have been repaired.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,823 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on March 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on March 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on October 26, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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