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

Roseville

First Transcontinental Railroad

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 4, 2008
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription. Central Pacific graders reached Junction, now Roseville, on November 23, 1863, crossing the line of the California Central, which began building northward from Folsom in May 1858. That line was abandoned in 1868. CP’s track reached Junction April 25, 1864 when trains began making daily runs 18 miles to and from Sacramento. Now Roseville is a major railroad distribution center.
 
Erected 1989 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Conference of California Historical Societies and The Placer County Historical Society. (Marker Number 780-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.062′ N, 121° 17.169′ W. Marker is in Roseville, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Washington Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Old Town Roseville. Marker is in this post office area: Roseville CA 95678, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chicago West Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank of Italy Building (about 400 feet away);
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker and Mural on Side of Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 4, 2008
2. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker and Mural on Side of Building
Lest We Forget (about 400 feet away); Onyx Club (about 400 feet away); McRae Building (about 400 feet away); Roseville’s First City Hall (about 500 feet away); Eagles Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roseville Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseville.
 
Regarding Roseville. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 780-1).
 
Also see . . .  City of Roseville History of Roseville 1860-1870. (Submitted on September 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Roseville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 1, 2006
3. Roseville Depot
Roseville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 1, 2006
4. Roseville Depot
Roseville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 1, 2006
5. Roseville Depot
Displayed in the Theodore Judah Wing - Roseville Carnegie Library Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
6. Displayed in the Theodore Judah Wing - Roseville Carnegie Library Museum
Where were you on Saturday April 28, 1973?
On that day, a train loaded with artillery shells headed to Mare Island Naval Station exploded at the south end of the Roseville rail yard, destroying the town of Antelope.
The explosion was felt from downtown Sacramento to Auburn, and shells continued to explode for about 24 hours. Unexploded shells were found buried in the area through the 1980’s.
Though no one was killed, many were injured by flying glass as windows shattered in their homes. A piece of one of the exploded boxcars holds this sign. Behind you is one of the exploded shells.
Exploded Shell on Display at the Roseville Carnegie Library Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
7. Exploded Shell on Display at the Roseville Carnegie Library Museum
See Photo #6 for information and details.
The 1973 Explosion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
8. The 1973 Explosion
Dominating the Judah wing of the Roseville Carnegie Library Museum is a working n-scale (1/160) model of the Roseville rail yard with historic roundhouses, historic downtown Roseville, and the Pacific Fruit Express Ice-Making Facility.
Roundhouse Model image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
9. Roundhouse Model
This is one of two roundhouses displayed as part of the rail yard model.
Pacific Fruit Express Ice-Making Facility Model image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
10. Pacific Fruit Express Ice-Making Facility Model
Ice was used in refrigerator cars for the transportation of fruits and vegetables.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,997 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 23, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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