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El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Santa Fe Railway

 
 
Santa Fe Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 21, 2016
1. Santa Fe Railway Marker
Caption: The Santa Fe yard at Schmidt Lane circa 1969.
Inscription.
Between 1904 and 1979, the Santa Fe Railway line was a busy place in El Cerrito. Santa Fe had two small stations and a three-track yard in the City. In this area, the railroad altered the creek channel. The presence of the railroad eventually influenced the location of the BART tracks in the 1960s.

 
Erected by El Cerrito Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the San Pablo Avenue Historical-Cultural Pavers marker series.
 
Location. 37° 55.848′ N, 122° 19.328′ W. Marker is in El Cerrito, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Ohio Avenue, on the right when traveling north on San Pablo Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11952 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Nurseries (approx. mile away); The Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Summertime Fun in El Cerrito (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stege Sanitary (approx. 0.8 miles away); Contra Costa Civic Theatre (approx. 0.8
Santa Fe Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 21, 2016
2. Santa Fe Railway Marker
miles away); Streetcars in El Cerrito (approx. 0.8 miles away); Little Italy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Holy Ghost Festa (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Cerrito.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the entrance to Baxter Creek Gateway Park.
This marker is one of The City of El Cerrito's Historical-Cultural Pavers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Railroad - El Cerrito Historical Society. Coming north from Oakland the C&N ran on what is now the Santa Fe right-of-way. [Editor's note: The Santa Fe right-of-way became the BART right-of-way.] At the county line it ran through the estate of Jovita Castro and along the present Santa Fe right-of-way to a point by the present Blake Street crossing. The C&N right-of-way turned west until it ran into the east side of San Pablo Avenue at Hill Street, or about where the Builder's Emporium Lumber Company was formerly situated, now Golden Gate Lanes. The railroad ran along the east side of San Pablo Avenue to about Wall Avenue and then ran northeast in the direction of Dam Road in the town of San Pablo, through El Sobrante and ran
The final run of the Santa Fe Railway in El Cerrito image. Click for full size.
By West County Blog
3. The final run of the Santa Fe Railway in El Cerrito
all of the way to Orinda.
(Submitted on April 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. When El Cerrito watched the final run of the Santa Fe Railroad through town in 1979 -- West County. Traffic is heavy weekdays on Marin Avenue from the Berkeley hills through Albany. But imagine if you had to wait behind the crossing signal while a freight train passed. Motorists had to do just that until May 1979, when the Santa Fe Railroad abandoned its inland right-of-way from Oakland to Richmond. Locally, it follows the route the BART tracks follow now through Albany and El Cerrito. (Submitted on April 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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