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Blue Lake in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company

 
 
Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, September 13, 2010
1. Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Marker
Inscription. Incorporated December 15, 1854, as the Union Plank Walk, Rail Track, and Wharf Company, the Arcata and Mad River Rail Road is the oldest line on the north coast. Originally using a horse-drawn car, the railroad served as a link between Humboldt Bay and the Trinity River mines. Later, locomotives were added as the line grew to serve the redwood industry.
 
Erected 1970 by Humboldt County Historical Society; Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company; California State Department of Parks and Recreation. (Marker Number 842.)
 
Location. 40° 52.889′ N, 123° 59.456′ W. Marker is in Blue Lake, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and F Street when traveling north on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking lot behind the old depot building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 Railroad Avenue, Blue Lake CA 95525, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Arrow Tree (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Curtis (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Methodist Society on Humboldt Bay (approx. 5.1 miles away); Minor Theatre
Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, September 13, 2010
2. Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Marker
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Jacoby's Storehouse (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hose Company Number 4 (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Carson House (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Samuel W. McFarland Block (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. California Historical Landmark
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Depot image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, September 13, 2010
3. Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Depot
The old depot was built in 1893. When we photographed it in 2010, it housed the Blue Lake Museum Society. The marker is located in the parking lot behind the depot.
Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Mural image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, September 13, 2010
4. Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company Mural
This mural is painted on the building at 410 South Railroad Avenue facing the old depot.
Vintage Photo Courtesy of Blue Lake Museum Society (Date Unknown) image. Click for full size.
5. Vintage Photo Courtesy of Blue Lake Museum Society (Date Unknown)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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