First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site

First Transcontinental Railroad Groundbreaking Site (HM24XN)

Location: Sacramento, CA 95814 Sacramento County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 34.956', W 121° 30.37'

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You are standing where the First Transcontinental Railroad in America had its western origin, at Front and K Streets in Sacramento.

On January 8, 1863, prominent citizens and railroad founders gathers here for a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of the Central Pacific Railroad. For over six years, thousands labored to connect the Central Pacific from the west with the Union Pacific Railroad from the east.

On May 10, 1869, the driving of the "Last Spike" at Promontory, Utah, signified the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, uniting the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. The nation, still recovering from a divisive Civil War, celebrated with cannon and gun salutes and the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

For the first time in the history of the world and entire continent could be traversed in a matter of days, by both people and all types of goods.
HM NumberHM24XN
Placed ByCalifornia State Railroad Museum and California State Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 630113 N 4271516
Decimal Degrees38.58260000, -121.50616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.956', W 121° 30.37'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 57.36" N, 121° 30' 22.2" W
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Area Code(s)415, 916, 209, 714
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 190 Front St, Sacramento CA 95814, US
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