Rocklin in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Transcontinental Railroad
Erected 1969 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in Cooperation with the Conference of California Historical Societies and The Placer County Historical Society May 9, 1969. (Marker Number 780-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 38° 47.501′ N, 121° 14.273′ W. Marker is in Rocklin, California, in Placer County. Marker is on Rocklin Road south of Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Crossroads Community Church parking lot next to the railroad tracks.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trott Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Old St. Mary’s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fletcher Moon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocklin Veterans Memorial (approx. Ľ mile away); The Finnish Temperance Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loomis (approx. 3.1 miles away); Loomis Town Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); Loomis - Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocklin.
Also see . . .
1. Rocklin's Roundhouse. "Chief Engineer Theodore Judah’s plan in 1863 was to build a roundhouse at Junction, now Roseville, to service the extra engines that would be needed to help trains surmount the Sierra. But Judah died that year and new CP managers decided to build the roundhouse at Rocklin instead, closer to the point where the rail bed steepens as it heads toward Auburn." (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Rocklin Historical Society Photo of the Roundhouse Grounds. (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
An informative timeline was prepared by the Rocklin History Museum. These exerts are in relation to the railroad:
1864: Central Pacific Railroad arrived ∙ Locomotive “Governor Stanford” hauls CPRR’s first load of freight: Granite from Rocklin’s quarries. ∙ The name “Rocklin” first appears in print on CPRR’s time card No. 1.
1867: Railroad Roundhouse built – Central Pacific.
1869: The first train to cross the continent arrives in Rocklin.
1873: Fire destroyed the Roundhouse with 10 locomotives and tenders.
1896: Railroad strike (troops here).
1907: Roundhouse moved to Roseville.
1933: Southern Pacific discontinued passenger service to Rocklin.
1973: Roseville railyard explosions.
1985: Southern Pacific becomes Union Pacific.
— Submitted October 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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