Dixon in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
all the patriotic men and women
who answered their country’s call to service.
George W. Bush
President of the Untied States
R. James Nicholson
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
William F. Tuerk
Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
National Cemetery Administration
by Theodore O’Hara
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tears are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.
Erected 2007 by Bureau of Veterans Affairs.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Southern Pacific Railroad marker series.
Location. 38° 24.833′ N, 121° 52.437′ W. Marker is in Dixon, California, in Solano County. Marker is on Midway Road south of Interstate 80. Touch for map. All three plaques are mounted on the front of the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Administration
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Silveyville (approx. 3.4 miles away); Halfway House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Nut Tree (approx. 5.6 miles away); Walker Opera House (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 7.3 miles away); Built 1864 (approx. 7.3 miles away); Gillespie’s Store (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of First Business Building of Record (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dixon.
Regarding Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is the seventh national cemetery built in California and the 124th in the national cemetery system.
Like many lands in the western United States, the Homestead Act of 1862 facilitated the settlement of the site of what is now the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. In the late 1860's, the site consisted of nine separate parcels, which were subsequently acquired by private citizens through preemption (an individual's right to settle land first and pay for it later) and homestead claims. During the 20th century, these separate parcels were gradually consolidated under one owner.
The Union Pacific Railroad, formerly the Southern Pacific Railroad, and prior to that the Central Pacific Railroad, intersects the southeastern corner of the property. In May 1869, the famous golden spike was driven in Promontory Summit, Utah, to symbolically mark the completion of the “First Trans-Continental Railroad,” connecting Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento. However, the rail network did not actually reach the Pacific Ocean until the completion of the Central Pacific Railroad, connecting San Francisco and Sacramento in November of that year.
The First Trans-Continental Railroad linked the West Coast with the existing railroad network in the eastern United States, and contributed dramatically to the economic development and population growth of California. The Southern Pacific Railroad leased the Central Pacific railroad in 1885; over time, the Southern Pacific Railroad grew into a massive railway network throughout the Western and Southwestern United Sates, stretching down from Portland, Oregon to New Orleans. The Southern Pacific Railroad was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1996.
(Source: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery web-site
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