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Hollister in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hollister Train Service

 
 
Hollister Train Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
1. Hollister Train Service Marker
Inscription. The Tres Pinos Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad began train service to Hollister on July 13, 1871. Train service was a main reason the population grew from 300 in 1870 to over 2000 in 1873. Besides passenger service, major commodities shipped have been included hay, produce and beer. The final passenger excursion occurred on October 30, 1955. The depot, orignally constructed in the late 1860's, was fully restored by the Rodriguez family in 1991.

Jointly dedicated April 25, 1992 by
Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 • Platrix Chapter No. 2
E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1992 by Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 and Platrix Chapter No. 2 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 51.089′ N, 121° 23.963′ W. Marker is in Hollister, California, in San Benito County. Marker is on Fifth Street east of Sally Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 Fifth Street, Hollister CA 95023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Clyde "Wino Willie" Forkner, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Theatre
Hollister Train Service Marker - Wide View with Station in Background image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
2. Hollister Train Service Marker - Wide View with Station in Background
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of San Justo Ranch Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cottage Corners (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the Tres Pinos Hotel (approx. 6 miles away); 19th Hole Rendevous (approx. 6.2 miles away); Vineyard School (approx. 6˝ miles away); San Juan Pacific Railway (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollister.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a monument in front of the former Hollister Train Station.
 
Also see . . .  The Tres Pinos Line. A history of the Southern Pacific line that ran from Gilroy through Hollister to Tres Pinos. On the main product out of Hollister: "...In early days the largest shipments from Hollister and Tres Pinos were hay and cattle. The R.P. Lathrop Co. built warehouses at Hollister and Tres Pinos. Each warehouse was 100 feet by 242 feet with a capacity of 16,500 tons. They were the world’s largest hay ware houses at the time. During the season 20 to 30 carloads of hay were shipped daily from Tres Pinos...." (Submitted on January 24, 2010.)
Hollister Train Service Marker - Back of Monument (ECV 1846) with View Down Fifth Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
3. Hollister Train Service Marker - Back of Monument (ECV 1846) with View Down Fifth Street
 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Hollister Train Station - VIew from the South image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
4. Hollister Train Station - VIew from the South
Hollister Train Service Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. Hollister Train Service Marker
Postmarked 1912. From Lizzie Kestler, South St. Hollister.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,280 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 24, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   5. submitted on May 12, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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