#440:  Alameda Terminal of the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Naval Air Station Mall, in front of Building No. 1, Alameda Naval Air Station, Alameda

Plaque 1: 37.77535,-122.276891
Plaque 2: 37.786779,-122.30292


State and Private Plaques


There is a private plaque located on the Naval Air Station Mall (photo 1). There is also a state plaque located at the NW corner of Lincoln Ave and Webster St in Alameda (photos 2 and 3).

From the Guidebook:

With the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 authorizing construction of a railroad and telegraph line, the first concentration of activity was east of Sacramento. Subsequently the line was opened from Sacramento to San Jose. During June 1869 construction was started near Niles, and by August a temporary connection had been made at San Leandro with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad. On September 6, 1869, the first Central Pacific train reached San Francisco Bay at Alameda.

From the state plaque:

On September 6, 1869 first transcontinental railroad train linking two great oceans, and consisting of twelve cars and three locomotives passed here on way to a wharf terminal west of here, a location now covered by lagoon for take-off trans-pacific planes, and within confines, present U.S. Naval Air Station. Original celebration held near this spot.

Erected by California Centennials Commission in cooperation with the Alameda Historical Society. Dedicated 1951.

From the private plaque:

This plaque marks the terminus of the First Transcontinental Passenger train that started in New York City and terminated at Alameda Point Pier On September 6, 1869.

Erected by the U.S. Naval Air Station, Alameda in cooperation with the Alameda Historical Society Dedicated Aug. 22, 1953.

©2009 David Schmitt