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Vaca Valley Railroad

 
 
Vaca Valley Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 26, 2011
1. Vaca Valley Railroad Marker
Inscription. By 1875 the need to easily move grain, livestock, wood and stone from Berryessa Valley and the surrounding area to markets was recognized. In the spring of 1875 work began on a 13 mile extension of the railroad from Vacaville to Theodore Winters' crossing of Putah Creek. Brothers G.B. and A.B. Stevenson conceived this extension of their railroad as well as plans for the new town of Winters. By May of 1875 a map of townsite had been recorded and construction on both was progressing as fast as possible. The official opening of the new line took place on August 26, 1875.

Plaque dedicated March 20, 1993
Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1993 by E Clampus Vitus, Sam Brannan Chapter 1004.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 31.241′ N, 121° 58.069′ W. Marker is in Winters, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on Railroad Avenue 0.1 miles south of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 Railroad Avenue, Winters CA 95694, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge (here, next to this marker); Hotel De Vilbiss
Vaca Valley Railroad Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 26, 2011
2. Vaca Valley Railroad Marker - wide view
The marker is mounted on a low rock, just visible here to the left of the path just before what is now called the J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge. At this spot in 1875 the Vaca Valley Railroad built a rail and wagon trestle bridge across Putah Creek. That bridge was replaced by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1906 with a steel Pratt truss bridge. The bridge was renovated in 2006 and adapted for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cradwick Building (about 600 feet away); Wolfskill Grant (approx. 1.3 miles away); Halfway House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Village of Silveyville (approx. 7.2 miles away); Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (approx. 9 miles away); Nut Tree (approx. 10.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winters.
 
Also see . . .  History of Winters. The Winters Express' biography of Theodore Winters: "... The town was given the name of Winters after Mr. Winters donated 40 acres of land to the Vacaville and Clear Lake Railroad to start a town. D.P. Edwards also gave the town 40 acres. At the time, in 1875, the railroad was having financial trouble in extending the railroad north to Putah Creek, and Winters, along with others, gave money to the railroad to help pay the cost of putting the bridge across Putah Creek...." A postscript to the article indicates that subsequent research in the county archives indicates that the railroad had paid Winters $5,000 for his land. (Submitted on March 3, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
Vaca Valley Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Loren Wilson, February 9, 2008
3. Vaca Valley Railroad Marker

1. Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
Tony Torell was Noble Grand Humbug when this plaque was erected. Plaque wording by Loren A. Wilson. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.

 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Detail of rail road bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Loren Wilson, February 9, 2008
4. Detail of rail road bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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