Near Lathrop in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of Completion of Paciﬁc Railroad
First Transcontinental Railroad
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 The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration, and 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 Lathrop (approx. 2.8 miles away); Liberty Plot (approx. 6.9 miles away); French Camp (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.)
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
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 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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