Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site
On January 8, 1863, prominent citizens and railroad founders gathered here for a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of the Central Pacific Railroad. For over six years, thousands labored to connect the Central Pacific from the west with the Union Pacific Railroad from the east.
On May 10, 1869, the driving of the "Last Spike" at Promontory, Utah, signified the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, uniting the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. The nation, still recovering from a divisive Civil War, celebrated with cannon and gun salutes and the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
For the first time in the history of the world and entire continent could be traversed in a matter of days, by both people and all types of goods.
Erected by California State Railroad Museum and California State Parks.
Location. 38° 34.956′ N, 121° 30.37′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of Front St and K St, on the left when traveling north on Front St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Freight on the Move (here, next to this marker); Pony Express River Steamer “Antelope” (a few steps from this marker); Lady Adams Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booth Building (about 300 feet away); Sacramento River Waterfront (about 300 feet away); Vernon-Brannan House (about 400 feet away); Sacramento's Early Waterfront (about 500 feet away); New England Seed Store (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Last updated on February 18, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.