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Near Lathrop in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of Completion of Pacific Railroad

First Transcontinental Railroad

 
 
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2006
1. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
Inscription. The construction of the San Joaquin River Bridge completed the last link of the Transcontinental Railroad. Building had simultaneously proceeded from the Bay Area and Sacramento and met at the San Joaquin River. The first train crossed the bridge on September 8, 1869.
 
Erected 1969 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation local civic and historical organizations (November 8, 1969). (Marker Number 780-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 37° 47.221′ N, 121° 18.34′ W. Marker was near Lathrop, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker was on South Manthey Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to Mossdale Crossing Park and Launching Facilty. Marker was in this post office area: Lathrop CA 95330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Comet – 1846 – First Sail Launch (here, next to this marker); Lathrop (approx. 2.8 miles away); Liberty Plot (approx. 6.9 miles away); French Camp
First Transcontinental Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2006
2. First Transcontinental Railroad Marker
This marker shares base with The Comet-1846-First Sail Launch marker
(approx. 7.1 miles away); Ripon World War II Memorial (approx. 10.4 miles away); New Hope – 1846 (approx. 10.4 miles away); Stockton Assembly Center (approx. 10.7 miles away); Moses Rogers Home (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lathrop.
 
Regarding Site of Completion of Pacific Railroad. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 780-7).
 
Also see . . .  Learn California Central Pacific Railroad. (Submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The First Transcontinental Railroad Journey
The American rail network was not yet connected to the Atlantic or the Pacific. What was heralded as the Transcontinental Railroad merely connected Omaha and Sacramento. In November 1869 the Sacramento line was extended to San Francisco Bay at Oakland.

At first, trains had to be ferried across the Missouri River to complete a transcontinental journey. The Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City was the first bridge to
San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 11, 2006
3. San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge
cross the Missouri, it was completed in July, 1869. In August 1870 the Kansas Pacific connected to the Denver Pacific line at Strasburg, Colorado and the first true Atlantic to Pacific railroad was completed. Council Bluffs was directly connected to the East Coast rail network upon completion of the Union Pacific Missouri River Bridge in 1872.

On June 4, 1876 an express train named the Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco via the Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after it left from New York City.

Source: Transcontinental Railroad - tcrr.com
    — Submitted September 16, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Vincent, circa October 2009
4. San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge
Photo courtesy Merlin Photography 2009 www.MerlinPhoto.com
San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Vincent, April 5, 2010
5. San Joaquin River Railroad Bridge
Photo courtesy Merlin Photography 2010. www.MerlinPhoto.com
Base With Missing Markers image. Click for full size.
January 30, 2010
6. Base With Missing Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,268 times since then and 77 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week September 21, 2008. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Craig Vincent of Stockton, California.   5. submitted on April 6, 2010, by Craig Vincent of Stockton, California.   6. submitted on February 4, 2010. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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