California Historical Landmarks in Humboldt County
California Historical Landmark 842
Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company
Hatchery Road and Railroad Avenue
Incorporated December 15, 1854, as the Union Plank Walk, Rail Track, and Wharf Company, the Arcata and Mad River Rail Road is the oldest line on the north coast. Originally using a horse-drawn car, the railroad served as a link between Humboldt Bay and the Trinity River mines. Later, locomotives were added as the line grew to serve the redwood industry.