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Colfax in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Schuyler Colfax

1865

 
 
Schuyler Colfax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
1. Schuyler Colfax Marker
Inscription. Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was asked by President Abraham Lincoln on April 14 to take a message to the miners of the west, that their prosperity is the prosperity of the Nation. These may have been Lincoln’s last words on public subjects, as he was shot later that evening at Ford Theatre, Washington, D.C.

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
Schuyler Colfax Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
2. Schuyler Colfax Monument and Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of Grass Valley Street and Rail Rd Avenue on Grass Valley Street. 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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Close-Up of the Schuyler Colfax Statue on Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 7, 2006
3. Close-Up of the Schuyler Colfax Statue on Monument
 
 
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 1,474 times since then and 19 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.
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