Near Truckee in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca Dam
The First Transcontinental Railroad
The railroad needed wood for ties, telegraph poles, snow sheds and fuel. In 1868, because this part of the Sierra Nevada had large timber stands, a sawmill was established. The first Boca Dam was built that year to create the mill's log pond. In the winter the log pond froze over. The company began harvesting the natural ice in 1869.
The combination of the railroad and ice made Boca an ideal location for a brewery. In 1876 a brewery was established. It became famous for its award winning lager beer.
Discover more about the historic boomtown of Boca by visiting Boca Town Site Interpretive Trail.
Erected by U.S Department of Agriculture, Tahoe National Forest.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 23.49′ N, 120° 5.532′ W. Marker is near Truckee, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Stampede Meadows Road near Boca Dam Reservoir Road, on the left Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10512 Stampede Meadows Road, Truckee CA 96161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boca Townsite (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clinton Narrow Gauge Railroad (approx. 1.8 miles away); Floriston (approx. 3.7 miles away); Donner Camp Site (approx. 4.7 miles away); Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner (approx. 4.9 miles away); Sierra Mountain Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); Chief Truckee (approx. 6.3 miles away); C.P.R.R. Truckee Round House (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Truckee.
Also see . . . The History of Boca Brewery - Moonshine Ink. Odd as it might seem to find a world-famous brewery near the top of the Sierra, the heavy winters and cold temperatures provided the perfect climate for making lager, which must be fermented at temperatures near freezing. The Gold Rush brought its share of breweries to California, but lacking refrigeration, many chose instead to brew ales and porters. (Submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on February 7, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.