Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In May 1865 Colfax traveled 2000 miles by stagecoach, reaching San Francisco on July 1, 1865. The slow journey emphasized the need for a railroad to the Pacific. Colfax traveled by special train on the new Central Pacific Railroad, 56 miles from Sacramento to Colfax, and along the working sections on horseback and by coach. Track was graded and laid and trains were running to the town of Colfax, named for the Speaker. The Transcontinental Railroad would unite the Atlantic Regions and the Pacific Regions of our Nation.
Colfax went on to be Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1873.
Erected 2003 by ECV Lord Sholto Douglas Chapter 3 and Colfax Area Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 6.011′ N, 120° 57.15′ W. Marker is in Colfax, California, in Placer County Touch for map. Marker is located in Railroad Park, at the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Colfax CA 95713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colfax (a few steps from this marker); Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Robert G. Fowler - Colfax (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brick Building in Colfax (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murphy’s Saloon (about 300 feet away); Leopold & Josephine Lobner (about 300 feet away); IOOF Hall (about 300 feet away); Illinoistown Lodge No. 51 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colfax.
Also see . . . Biographical Directory of the US Congress Schuyler Colfax. (Submitted on January 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,495 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 3. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.