#0780 First Transcontinental Railroad


#0780 First Transcontinental Railroad

Site information:

California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento


Plaque information:

A state plaque is located inside the Railroad Museum, which requires a fee to enter.


A marker has been placed at the site of the old rail depot on Front and K Sts, marking the beginning of the railroad.

38.582549, -121.506260

State plaque text:

First Transcontinental Railroad

Here, on January 8, 1863, Governor Leland Stanford turned the first spade of earth to begin construction of the Central Pacific Railroad. After more than six years of labor, crews of the Central Pacific Railroad from the west and the Union Pacific Railroad from the east met at Promontory, Utah where, on May 10, 1869, Stanford drove the gold spike signifying completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad, forerunner of the Southern Pacific Company, was planned by Theodore D. Judah and constructed largely through the efforts of the 'Big Four'-Sacramento businessmen Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins.

Plaque placed at Sacramento by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Southern Pacific Company, the City and County of Sacramento, the Sacramento County Historical Society, the California Historical Society, the Society of California Pioneers, the Conference of California Historical Societies, and the Grand Parlors of the Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West, January 8, 1963.

Private marker text:

Mile Marker 0
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
Dedicated May 8, 2019

Registered 11/20/1962