Schuyler Colfax

Schuyler Colfax (HM729)

Location: Colfax, CA 95713 Placer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.011', W 120° 57.15'

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Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was asked by President Abraham Lincoln on April 14 to take a message to the miners of the west, that their prosperity is the prosperity of the Nation. These may have been Lincoln's last words on public subjects, as he was shot later that evening at Ford Theatre, Washington, D.C.

In May 1865 Colfax traveled 2000 miles by stagecoach, reaching San Francisco on July 1, 1865. The slow journey emphasized the need for a railroad to the Pacific. Colfax traveled by special train on the new Central Pacific Railroad, 56 miles from Sacramento to Colfax, and along the working sections on horseback and by coach. Track was graded and laid and trains were running to the town of Colfax, named for the Speaker. The Transcontinental Railroad would unite the Atlantic Regions and the Pacific Regions of our Nation.

Colfax went on to be Vice-President under Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1873.
HM NumberHM729
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the Markers Attached to Sculpture series.
Year Placed2003
Placed ByECV Lord Sholto Douglas Chapter 3 and Colfax Area Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 677054 N 4329889
Decimal Degrees39.10018333, -120.95250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.011', W 120° 57.15'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 0.66" N, 120° 57' 9.00" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1025 Railroad St, Colfax CA 95713, US
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