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Near Winton in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Montpelier-Oakdale Railroad

1890 to 1942

 
 
The Montpelier-Oakdale Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2014
1. The Montpelier-Oakdale Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
This important Southern Pacific Route was called by many names, also including, "The Stockton-Tulare Railroad", "The Oakdale Line", "The Oakdale-Montpelier Railroad", and "The Eastside Route". There were North and South bound trains daily. Passengers, wheat, cattle, equipment, and new settlers were its daily cargo.

From the North the train would depart Stockton. Stopping at Peters, Oakdale, Waterford, Hickman, Montpelier, Ryre, Basel (Merced River), Arundel, Amsterdam, Nairn, Ferrin, and into Merced. From Merced the reverse would be true. Merced residents would ride the train into Basel to enjoy the recreation of the Merced River. The "Shaffer Bridge" was built in 1912, twenty two years after the train's trestle was erected. The route was discontinued because of the demands of World War II.

Dedicated April 15, 1995
Clamper Year 6000
Russ Potts
Noble Grand Humbug
Estanislao Chapter No. 58
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1995 by E Clampus Vitus Estanislao Chapter No. 58.
 
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Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 15, 1995.
 
Location. 37° 27.567′ N, 120° 36.829′ W. Marker is near Winton, California, in Merced County. Marker is on Oakdale Road south of Turlock Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7150 Oakdale Road, Winton CA 95388, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Castle Air Force Base (approx. 6.9 miles away); A Comrade’s Tribute to Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle A.A.F. (approx. 6.9 miles away); Castle Memorial Parade Ground (approx. 6.9 miles away); First Court House in Merced County (approx. 10½ miles away); Roberts Ferry History Walk (approx. 12.2 miles away); Roberts Ferry (approx. 12.4 miles away); Merced County Courthouse (approx. 12.8 miles away); Merced County Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
The Montpelier-Oakdale Railroad Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2014
2. The Montpelier-Oakdale Railroad Marker - Wide View
The Schaffer Bridge (1912) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2014
3. The Schaffer Bridge (1912)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 27, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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