California Historical Landmarks in Placer County

California Landmark 780-5
First Transcontinental Railroad - Colfax
Grass Valley Street at Railroad Tracks
First Train in 1865

California Historical Landmark #780-5: First Transcontinental Railroad (Colfax)
  California Historical Landmark #780-5: First Transcontinental Railroad (Colfax)
14 December 2005
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First Transcontinental Railroad

Central Pacific rails reached Colfax, formerly Illinoistown, September 1, 1865, and train service began four days later. Colfax own was a vital construction supply depot and junction point for stage lines for ten months. It was renamed by Governor Stanford in honor of Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives and later Ulysses S. Grant's Vice President. The real assault on the Sierra began here.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 780-5

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Conference of California Historical Societies and the Placer County Historical Society.
May 9, 1969

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