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Near Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam

The First Transcontinental Railroad

 
 
The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
1. The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam Marker
Inscription. In 1866 the Central Pacific Railroad in their push east over the Sierra Nevada set up Construction Camp 17 just downstream from here at the confluence of the Truckee River and the Little Truckee River. Camp 17 quickly became known as Boca, Spanish for mouth,
The railroad needed wood for ties, telegraph poles, snow sheds and fuel. In 1868, because this part of the Sierra Nevada had large timber stands, a sawmill was established. The first Boca Dam was built that year to create the mill's log pond. In the winter the log pond froze over. The company began harvesting the natural ice in 1869.
The combination of the railroad and ice made Boca an ideal location for a brewery. In 1876 a brewery was established. It became famous for its award winning lager beer.

Discover more about the historic boomtown of Boca by visiting Boca Town Site Interpretive Trail.
 
Erected by U.S Department of Agriculture, Tahoe National Forest.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.49′ N, 120° 5.532′ W. Marker is near Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Stampede Meadows Road near Boca Dam Reservoir Road, on the left when traveling
The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
2. The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam Marker
north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10512 Stampede Meadows Road, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boca Townsite (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clinton Narrow Gauge Railroad (approx. 1.8 miles away); Floriston (approx. 3.7 miles away); Donner Camp Site (approx. 4.7 miles away); Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner (approx. 4.9 miles away); Sierra Mountain Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); Chief Truckee (approx. 6.3 miles away); First Log Cabin (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
 
Also see . . .  The History of Boca Brewery - Moonshine Ink. Odd as it might seem to find a world-famous brewery near the top of the Sierra, the heavy winters and cold temperatures provided the perfect climate for making lager, which must be fermented at temperatures near freezing. The Gold Rush brought its share of breweries to California, but lacking refrigeration, many chose instead to brew ales and porters. (Submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Boca Dam and Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
3. Boca Dam and Dedication Plaque
Boca Dam Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
4. Boca Dam Plaque
Boca Dam
1937 - 1940
United States
Department of the Interior
Harold L. Ickes ... Secretary
Bureau of Reclamation
John E. Page ... Commissioner
R.F. Walter ... Chief Engineer
L.J. Foster and C.S. Hale Construction Engineers

Height ..... 116 feet
Length ..... 629 feet
Storage Capacity ... 40,901 acre-feet
Contractor ..... George W. Condon Co.
"Boca Beer" plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
5. "Boca Beer" plaque
Boca Dam in the background.
"Boca Beer" Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 18, 2017
6. "Boca Beer" Plaque
"Warranted to Keep in any Weather"
Rededicated May 12, 2001/6006
Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691
E Clampus Vitus
Monumental Sawmill, C.R.R.R. image. Click for full size.
By J.J. Reilly, circa 1870s
7. Monumental Sawmill, C.R.R.R.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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