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Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy

 
 
Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert B. Conroy, April 30, 2013
1. Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way Marker
This marker faces the sidewalk.
Inscription.
Side A (Facing the sidewalk):
This plaque marks the location of the
Pacific Coast Railway
Right-of-Way
As established on October 12, 1881, in Arroyo Grande, the Pacific Coast Railway ran from Avila to San Luis Obispo and Edna in the north, then through Arroyo Grande to Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Los Alamos and Los Olivos in the south. This railroad served as a major influence from 1876 -1942 in the development of agriculture and commerce on California's central coast.

Side B (Facing the street):
A Terrible Tradegy
In the early morning darkness of April 1st, 1886 a group of local masked vigilantes on horseback lynched Peter Hemmi and his son Julius on the Pacific Coast Railway bridge (located 400 feet south of this marker)for the murder of rancher Eugene Walker of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley because of a long standing property dispute.
 
Erected 1981 by South County Historical Society & Bennett-Loomis Archives.
 
Location. 35° 7.514′ N, 120° 34.499′ W. Marker is in Arroyo Grande, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is at the intersection of East Branch Street (California Route 227) and Crown Hill Street, on the
A Terrible Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert B. Conroy, April 30, 2013
2. A Terrible Tragedy Marker
This marker faces the street.
left when traveling east on East Branch Street. Touch for map. The marker is in front of the store, 0.6 miles east of Hwy 101 on SR 227. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande CA 93420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oceano Depot (approx. 2.9 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 2.9 miles away); Oceano Honor Roll (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dr. Rudolf W. Gerber Memorial Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); Rancho Nipomo (approx. 9 miles away); Pier Into The Past (approx. 10.1 miles away); Point San Luis Light Station (approx. 10.8 miles away); Pacific Coast Railway (approx. 11 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way Maps. (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Map of the PCRy. (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. Railroads of the Central Coast - An Overview. (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. San Luis Obispo's Other Railroad. (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
5. PCRy Photos on Flickr. (Submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
6. A Terrible Tragedy ~ 1886 Arroyo Grande, California. The Terrible Tragedy of 1886 was remembered by the
Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy Monument image. Click for full size.
By Robert B. Conroy, April 30, 2013
3. Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy Monument
citizens of Arroyo Grande on March 31st, 2004 11:15pm to 12:01am April 1st. (Submitted on June 18, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

7. Vigilante Justice in Arroyo Grande. At first no one believed the school children, after all it was April Fools Day, 1886. As dawn broke in Arroyo Grande a man and his teen age son were dead, dangling from ropes below the narrow gauge railroad bridge. The children had seen the result of the only lynching documented in Arroyo Grande. (Submitted on June 18, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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