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

Rocklin

First Transcontinental Railroad

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 6, 2005
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription. Central Pacific reached Rocklin, 22 miles from its Sacramento Terminus, in May, 1864, when the railroad established a major locomotive terminal here. Trains moving over the Sierra were generally cut in two sections at this point, in order to ascend the grade. The first CP freight movement was three carloads of Rocklin granite pulled by the engine "Governor Stanford". The terminal was moved to Roseville April 18, 1908.
 
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5190 Front St, Rocklin CA 95677, United States of America.
 
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
Wide Area View of the First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 4, 2008
2. Wide Area View of the First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
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. 0.3 miles 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.)
 
Additional comments.
Remains of The First Transcontinental Railroad Terminal image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
3. Remains of The First Transcontinental Railroad Terminal

1. Rocklin History Timeline
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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Tracks From The Roundhouse Once Located Here. image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
4. Tracks From The Roundhouse Once Located Here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,706 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on September 5, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. Photos:   1. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on September 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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