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Newark in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Carter Brothers

 
 
Carter Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2016
1. Carter Brothers Marker
Inscription. Western history owes the Carter Brothers a great debt, for they were the general contractors for the first six narrow gauge railroads in California. From 1874 to 1902 they built freight, passenger, cable and street cars. Their plant became Newark's first industry. Their cable cars are still in operation on San Francisco hills.
 
Erected 1970 by E Clampus Vitus, Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 31.767′ N, 122° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Newark, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Thornton Avenue near Sycamore Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7388 Thornton Avenue, Newark CA 94560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wind-Powered Archimedes Screw-Pump (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch (approx. 2 miles away); Leal Tank House (approx. 2 miles away); The Chadbourne Carriage House (approx. 3.2
Carter Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 27, 2016
2. Carter Brothers Marker
miles away); Pioneer Schoolhouse & Chapel (approx. 3.7 miles away); Mormon Pioneers / Mormon Pioneer Adobes (approx. 4.5 miles away); Essanay Film Studio (approx. 4.6 miles away); Essanay Studio Site (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Carter Brothers. This marker is on the south side of Thornton Avenue, just east of the railroad tracks.
 
Also see . . .  Carter Brothers, Builders -- Mid-continent Railway Museum. By 1885, Carter Brothers had produced more than 600 cars for the SPCRR. They specialized in narrow gauge equipment, but also built horse cars, cable cars, a few electrics, turntables, water tanks and some standard gauge equipment, and at least one interurban. One authority estimates they built about 5,000 cars in a little over 28 years... (Submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
The north end of the Carter Brothers erection shop circa 1913 after the shops were abandoned. image. Click for full size.
By Bruce MacGregor, circa 1913
3. The north end of the Carter Brothers erection shop circa 1913 after the shops were abandoned.
Looking south from Thornton Avenue toward the South Pacific Coast RR arcade-style station. image. Click for full size.
By Bruce MacGregor
4. Looking south from Thornton Avenue toward the South Pacific Coast RR arcade-style station.
The Carter Brothers car shops are easily visible to the left of the station.
A typical Carter Brothers narrow gauge coach. image. Click for full size.
By Mid-continent Railway Museum
5. A typical Carter Brothers narrow gauge coach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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