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Transcontinental Railroad Historical Markers

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By Kevin Craft, November 3, 2014
Transcontinental Railroad Centennial Marker
Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Transcontinental Railroad Centennial
In 1866 the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad was formed to construct a railroad from Springfield, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, a distance of 2,000 miles. In the summer and fall of 1882 the railroad was directly responsible for the founding and . . . — Map (db m33333) HM
California (Alameda County), Alameda — 440 — Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad
[Center and Main Marker:] This plaque marks the terminus of the First Transcontinental Passenger train that started in New York City and terminated at Alameda Point Pier On September 6, 1869. Erected by the U.S. Naval Air . . . — Map (db m29447) HM
California (Alameda County), Niles — Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad — Niles, California
“May God continue the unity of our country as this railroad unites the two great oceans of the world.” The gold spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah in May of 1869 united the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. . . . — Map (db m24473) HM
California (Alameda County), Sunol — Niles Canyon Railway
In 1869, the first Transcontinental Railroad passed this spot on its way to the shore of the San Francisco Bay. In 1984 the Southern Pacific Railroad abandoned this historic line between Niles and Tracy, California. Volunteers of the Pacific . . . — Map (db m63766) HM
California (Nevada County), Truckee — Boca Townsite
Boca's Railroad Roots From 1866-68, the Central Pacific Railroad was laying tracks over the Sierra Nevada working to complete its portion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. The railroad's Construction Camp 17, here, at the . . . — Map (db m62048) HM
California (Nevada County), Truckee — 780-6 — Truckee — First Transcontinental Railroad
While construction on Sierra tunnels delayed Central Pacific, advance forces at Truckee began building forty miles of track east and west of Truckee moving all supplies by wagon and sled. Summit Tunnel was opened in December, 1867. The line reached . . . — Map (db m23560) HM
California (Placer County), Auburn — 780-4 — First Transcontinental Railroad — Auburn
After an eleven-month delay due to political opposition and lack of money, Central Pacific tracks reached Auburn May 13, 1865, and regualr service began. Government loans became available when the railroad completed its first 40 miles, four miles . . . — Map (db m54837) HM
California (Placer County), Colfax — 780-5 — Colfax — First Transcontinental Railroad
Central Pacific Railroad reached Colfax, formerly Illinoistown September 1, 1865, and train service began four days later. Colfax was a vital construction supply depot and junction point for stage lines for ten months. It was renamed Governor . . . — Map (db m13081) HM
California (Placer County), Gold Run — Chinese Railroad Workers
About 1000 feet from this location is the track of the Transcontinental Railroad. In 1865 thousands of Chinese in Kwantung Provence China were recruited to work on this great connection between the East and West Coast . This monument is dedicated to . . . — Map (db m48856) HM
California (Placer County), Newcastle — 780-3 — Newcastle — First Transcontinental Railroad
Regular freight and passenger trains began operating over the first 31 miles of Central Pacific's line to Newcastle on June 10, 1864, when political opposition and lack of money stopped further construction during that mild winter. Construction was . . . — Map (db m11141) HM
California (Placer County), Rocklin — 780-2 — Rocklin — First Transcontinental Railroad
Central Pacific reached Rocklin, 22 miles from its Sacramento Terminus, in May, 1864, when the railroad established a major locomotive terminal here. Trains moving over the Sierra were generally cut in two sections at this point, in order to ascend . . . — Map (db m11088) HM
California (Placer County), Roseville — 780-1 — Roseville — First Transcontinental Railroad
Central Pacific graders reached Junction, now Roseville, on November 23, 1863, crossing the line of the California Central, which began building northward from Folsom in May 1858. That line was abandoned in 1868. CP’s track reached Junction April . . . — Map (db m11079) HM
California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — 780-8 — First Transcontinental Railroad — Western Base of the Sierra Nevada
On January 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln decreed that where the Central Pacific Railroad crossed Arden Creek the western base of the Sierra Nevada began. The hardships of railroad construction through mountains resulted in increased government . . . — Map (db m18854) HM
California (San Diego County), National City — 1023 — National City Depot — Transcontinental Railroad
This National City California Southern Railroad Depot, built in 1882, served as the first Pacific Coast Terminus Station of the Santa Fe Railway System's Transcontinental Railroad. The station was the West Coast general office and figured . . . — Map (db m51106) HM
California (San Joaquin County), Lathrop — 780-7 — Site of Completion of Pacific Railroad — First Transcontinental Railroad
The construction of the San Joaquin River Bridge completed the last link of the Transcontinental Railroad. Building had simultaneously proceeded from the Bay Area and Sacramento and met at the San Joaquin River. The first train crossed the bridge on . . . — Map (db m11380) HM
Nebraska (Keith County), Ogallala — 6 — The Union Pacific
When the Union Pacific laid track west from Omaha in 1865 the rails also followed the Great Platte River Road. The Union Pacific linked up with the Central Pacific at Promontory, Utah in 1869 to complete the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. . . . — Map (db m50788) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — 10 Miles of Track
10 Miles of Track, Laid In One Day. April 28th 1869 — Map (db m4289) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — Golden Spike — National Historic Site
" The last rails laid, the spike is driven, The Pacific Railroad is completed." Here at Promontory, Utah, at 12:47 P.M. on May 10, 1869. The driving of a Golden Spike completed the first transcontinental railroad. Climax of a dramatic . . . — Map (db m13488) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — The Southern Pacific Monument — Golden Spike National Historic Site
An Icon Restored In 1965, the National Park Service assumed ownership of the aging monument, which had been damaged by years of weathering and vandalism. The interior had also been severely damaged by ground water that had wicked up into . . . — Map (db m67076) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — The Track that United the States
A sharp eye can still pick out the marks of early railroad building along this rugged escarpment, even if the original iron rails and timber ties themselves are gone. These fading remnants tell the story of a daunting engineering . . . — Map (db m69108) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 358 — Transcontinental Railroad
As western settlement increased, the need for an overland railroad was voiced by various groups, including Utah pioneers who petitioned Congress, Mar. 1852. The Enabling Act of 1862 authorized construction. First rails laid by Central Pacific in . . . — Map (db m35805) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Ames Monument
Commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad, the Ames Monument is a memorial to the Ames brothers, Oakes and Oliver, for their contributions to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Their strong support, drive and influence were instrumental . . . — Map (db m89647) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Pyramid on the Plains
At first glance, the Ames Monument may seem out of place on this high, wind-swept setting. If you step back and view the Monument from a distance, you will notice its design and shape mimic the surrounding features of the mountain landscape. The . . . — Map (db m89645) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — The Transcontinental Railroad
Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad across the United States was one of the most significant historic events of the 1800s. Built almost exclusively with manual labor and hand tools, the cross-country railroad took only four years to . . . — Map (db m89646) HM
Wyoming (Albany County), Buford — Tree Rock
This small pine tree that seems to be growing out of solid rock has fascinated travelers since the first train rolled past on the Union Pacific Railroad. It is said that the builders of the original railroad diverted the tracks slightly to pass by . . . — Map (db m62159) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — A Well Traveled Sawmill — The Fort Phil Kearny Sawmill
The Fort Fred Steele sawmill had traveled thousands of miles by rail and wagon prior to its arrival and installation here, along the North Platte River. The Lane and Bodley 15 horsepower steam-driven sawmill began its journey through the military . . . — Map (db m89818) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Bridge Tender's House
The bridge tender's house was constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to serve as an employee surveillance point. The bridge tender could respond quickly to locomotive-caused fires and could remove flood debris which might damage the bridge and . . . — Map (db m89754) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Brownsville and Benton
During construction of the Union Pacific Railroad land speculators and a large contingent of undesirables kept pace with or move ahead of the construction crews and their military escorts. Townsite speculators tried to anticipate depot locations, . . . — Map (db m89755) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Carbon Timber Company
Construction of the Union Pacific Railroad stimulated the growth of the timber industry in southern Wyoming. Two companies began supplying ties to the railroad in 1868, but the firm of Coe and Carter was the leading supplier to the Fort Fred Steele . . . — Map (db m89817) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Railroad and River — Fort Fred Steele's Lifelines
The Union Pacific Railroad and the North Platte River are important parts of the story of Fort Fred Steele. Located where these two great resources met, the fort and the local industries surrounding it would depend upon the rails and water for . . . — Map (db m89759) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — The Passenger's Railroad — The Union Pacific Line
Passenger travel on the Union Pacific Railroad began in July of 1868, with the first trans-continental service beginning just 10 days after the golden spike was driven on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point in Utah. The first passenger trains were . . . — Map (db m89915) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Town of Ft. Steele — Boom and Bust — 1889 to 1940's
In 1901, the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company included a plat of Ft. Steel in its insurance rating of the town. The town had not grown as planned, probably due to the closeness of Rawlins and that the timber industry had started building its own . . . — Map (db m89820) HM
Wyoming (Carbon County), Sinclair — Wild Times In Benton! — For the Railroad and Town
In 1868 the Union Pacific Railroad was rapidly moving west with the short lived railhead towns leading the way. In early July, General Dodge ordered the citizens of Brownsville to move three miles from the river to the edge of the Dry Desert. This . . . — Map (db m89916) HM
Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Aspen Tunnel
One of the greatest improvements by the Union Pacific Railroad occurred with the construction of Aspen Tunnel. It saved 10 miles in distance from Leroy to Evanston. Work began on the tunnel in November 13, 1899, and was completed October 9, . . . — Map (db m90122) HM
Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Bear River City
Nothing remains today as a reminder that Bear River City was one of the notorious "end-of-track" towns along the original Union Pacific transcontinental railroad line. Initially called Gilmer, the town was first settled by lumberjacks who arrived in . . . — Map (db m90107) HM
Wyoming (Uinta County), Evanston — Transcontinental Railroad
The most important event in the development of this area was the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. The tracks came into Wyoming Territory in 1867. Many towns, now vanished, preceded the graders, bridge builders, tie hacks, and gandy . . . — Map (db m90121) HM
Wyoming (Uinta County), Fort Bridger — Town of Piedmont — Piedmont Kilns -- Charcoal Making — Union Pacific Railroad
Four panels are located at the kiosk Town of Piedmont Located west of the kilns, the town of Piedmont started out as a logging camp supplying ties for the approaching Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. It also served as . . . — Map (db m90444) HM

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