#842:  Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company

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Across from 241 Railroad Ave, Blue Lake





State Plaque



From the plaque:

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.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Humboldt County Historical Society and the Arcata and Mad River Rail Road Company, September 26, 1970.

2009 David Schmitt