“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Southern Pacific Railroad Historical Markers

The Southern Pacific, also called the Espee from the railroad’s initials “SP” was an American Class I railroad that existed from 1865 to 1996 and operated in the Western United States. In 1995 it became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.
The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 1880 Marker image, Touch for more information
By Bill Kirchner, February 25, 2010
The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 1880 Marker
Arizona (Cochise County), Willcox — The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 1880
This is the only remaining original redwood frame Southern Pacific R.R. Station in Arizona. It is also the only known, original, on site, passenger depot still extant on the Southern – Trans – Continental Railroad route, between Los . . . — Map (db m28180) HM
Arizona (Pima County), Tucson — Southern Pacific Railroad
The S.P.R.R., building the nation's second transcontinental rail line eastward from California, reached Tucson on March 20, 1880. It was the occasion for one of the greatest celebrations in the history of the city and foretold the coming of a new . . . — Map (db m83229) HM
Arizona (Santa Cruz County), Patagonia — Patagonia Depot
The New Mexico and Arizona Railroad which served Patagonia, was built by the Santa Fe in 1881-82 and was operated after 1897 by the Southern Pacific. The last portion of this line, terminating at Patagonia, was abandoned in 1962. The Patagonia . . . — Map (db m24108) HM
California (Fresno County), Kerman — 42 — Kerman
Originally, in the late 1800's Kerman was called "Collis" in honor of the Southern Pacific Railroad President at the time, Collis P. Huntington. The Southern Pacific Railroad line was built through Kerman in 1891. The name was changed to Kerman in . . . — Map (db m28840) HM
California (Kern County), Bakersfield — Southern Pacific Railroad Jail
Approximately 3,000 men labored on railroad construction up and over the Tehachapi Mountains in the 1870s. It took over three years for the line to be completed through Kern County. As the railroad slowly progressed through the county, . . . — Map (db m25606) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal1939-1989
Constructed by the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads, opened on May 7, 1939. It was considered to be the most impressive railroad station of its type in the entire west. In it's heyday the terminal covered 52 acres, . . . — Map (db m119212) HM
California (Madera County), Chowchilla — Railroads of ChowchillaSouthern Pacific Railroad — Chowchilla Pacific Railroad —
Southern Pacific Railroad - Before the townsite was created the train stopped at Minturn. Chowchilla was known as McNears Crossing. After it was founded the company moved the train station to a site just south of Robertson Blvd. Twenty . . . — Map (db m62115) HM
California (Placer County), Roseville — Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive
In the early 1900s a decision by Southern Pacific Railroad to relocate the regional operations to this area helped turn a small town once known as Junction into the City of Roseville. Locomotive 2252 is a symbol of this history and of the social and . . . — Map (db m37150) HM
California (Solano County), Dixon — Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Dedicated to the memory of all the patriotic men and women who answered their country’s call to service. George W. Bush President of the United States R. James Nicholson Secretary U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs . . . — Map (db m36827) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 189 — Southern Pacific Railroad Yards
Replacement Marker: Soon after 1900, laborers reworked some 373 miles of the original Central Pacific (now the Southern Pacific) line between Reno and Ogden, Utah. The effort involved shortening of the line in some places. One such . . . — Map (db m67223) HM
New Mexico (Luna County), Columbus — 390-B — Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
Now the site of the Columbus Historical Society Museum the depot was built c. 1902 by the El Paso & Southwestern Railroad which was merged with the Southern Pacific in 1924. Site No. 390-B A Registered Cultural Property State of New . . . — Map (db m37782) HM
Oregon (Lane County), Junction City — Junction City — A Brief History
Born of a vision that was not to be fully realized, Junction City was platted in 1870 by Ben Holladay, the West Coast railroad promoter. Holladay was building the Oregon & California Railroad south from Portland, laying track on both the east and . . . — Map (db m119466) HM
Texas (Cameron County), Brownsville — 4985 — Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger DepotHistoric Brownsville Museum
Panel 1: Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot Official Historical Medallion, Texas Historical Commission This depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1928 as part of its extension into the Rio Grande Valley. A . . . — Map (db m37624) HM
Texas (Val Verde County), Del Rio — Pecos High Bridge
Southern Pacific Railroad was first to cross Pecos River ( 1891) with High Bridge. At that time, it was world’s longest (2,180 ft) and highest (321 ft. above water) railroad bridge. In June 1923, the Texas Highway Department constructed a . . . — Map (db m35485) HM
Texas (Val Verde County), Del Rio — 3975 — Pecos River High Bridge
High canyon walls dominate the last 60 miles of the Pecos River before it enters the Rio Grande. The Southern Pacific Railroad built the first high bridge across the Pecos in 1891. The first highway bridge to span the river was built one mile down . . . — Map (db m36940) HM
Texas (Val Verde County), Langtry — 3567 — Near Site, Southern Pacific Ceremony of Silver Spike
Marked completion of Southern Pacific Railway. Eastern part originated in Texas in 1850s; then was rechartered 1870 by Texas Legislature as Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Rwy., designed to join Houston and San Antonio to the Rio Grande. T. . . . — Map (db m36447) HM
Texas (Val Verde County), Langtry — 12798 — Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos
A major tributary of the Rio Grande, the Pecos River was long a barrier to transportation, particularly across the deep gorge that once marked its joining with the Rio Grande. Construction of the first railroad bridge over the Pecos took place in . . . — Map (db m36445) HM

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