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Paradise in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway

SPRR Milepost 198.2 – Site of the Paradise Rail Yard

 
 
Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
1. Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway Marker
Inscription. The rail yard housed the depot, a water tank, a stockyard, as well as a siding and spur. A motorcar house was located further up the track. The depot was retired on January 19, 1960.

The coming of the railroad was the major event that sparked the growth of Paradise and generated the development of property on a grand scale. The railroad began operation in November 1903 and the depot was constructed in 1904. Stores and offices were built near the depot. Residential subdivisions sprang up, and commerce shifted from Old Paradise on Clark Road to the new town site.

In 1905, Dr. W.E. Mack built his olive processing plant east of the railroad tracks and shipped out pickled olives and olive oil under the Highlands Farms Brand.

On April 20, 1905 the Congregational Church filed incorporation papers for Sierra Polytechnic Institute. The vocational and technical school located on College Hill operated between 1906 and 1910.

The rail yard continues to play a major roll in the development of Paradise as the site of the Paradise Community Park. The park completed in 2006, offers a place for all generations to come together and enjoy the community that is – Paradise.
 
Erected 2006 by Town of Paradise.
 
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Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
2. Town of Paradise Memorial Trailway Marker
45.158′ N, 121° 37.412′ W. Marker is in Paradise, California, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from Pearson Road near Black Olive Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise CA 95969, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paradise Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Old Paradise Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto (within shouting distance of this marker); Paradise Pioneers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Paradise (approx. one mile away); Centerville School (approx. 3 miles away); Centerville Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Dogtown Nugget (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paradise.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located at the Paradise Community Park on the trail behind the Old Paradise Depot. The trail which now serves bikers and walkers is built on the old roadway of the tracks of the Butte County Railroad. The park is located at the intersection of Black Olive Drive and Pearson Road.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Old Paradise Depot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
3. The Old Paradise Depot
The view of the depot from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,196 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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