Auburn in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1991 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Thomas W. Perazzo, Grand President.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists.
Location. 38° 52.677′ N, 121° 4.987′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn CA 95603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Travelers’ Rest (approx. one mile away); Location of Camp Flint (approx. 1.1 miles away); Placer County Museum (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Flint (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gietzen Fire Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chinese Houses (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Auburn Joss House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
More about this marker. Herdal Drive appears to have been planned to go further but instead it ends at the corner of Quinn Way. There is a wooden barricade fence and the monument is just over the fence. Follow the path beyond the monument for about 2/10 of a mile to the edge of the cut.
Regarding Bloomers Cut. It is 800 feet long and as deep as 63 feet at the center of the ridge.
Also see . . .
1. Sierra Nevada Geotourism Guide - Bloomers Cut. Excerpt:
In 1862, Indiana State Representative William Holman remarked about the Transcontinental Railroad that it…“could never be constructed on terms applicable to ordinary roads…it is to be constructed through almost impassable mountains, deep ravines, canyons, gorges, and over arid and sandy plains.” Representative Holman identified most of the obstacles that faced the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and Bloomer Cut is a stunning, historic example of how those(Submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Bloomer Cut - Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West. Excerpt:
Normally, going through such an obstacle would not be a problem, but this ridge was made of a rock suspended in clay, which effectively formed a massive, natural, concrete wall. The natural concrete broke picks, shovels, and other equipment, and therefore CPR decided to use black blasting powder. But even blasting proved difficult because holes needed to be drilled into the hard concrete-like rock for holding the powder. The crews used 500 kegs of black powder per day, which proved to be an expensive and dangerous proposition.(Submitted on May 2, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 111 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 3, 2020. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.