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 • 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. A significant historical date for this entry is May 11, 1865.
Location. 38° 52.677′ N, 121° 4.987′ W. Marker is in Auburn, California, in Placer CountyTouch 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 . . . 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 obstacles were overcome. The cut is an engineering(Submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
1. misspelling on the marker
Note is made of the misspelling on the marker itself. In the text, reference is made that Bloomer Cut was the "eigth" wonder of the world when the correct spelling of that word is "eighth."
— Submitted June 4, 2022, by Phil Sexton of Auburn, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 104 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.