#0780-5 First Transcontinental Railroad - Colfax


#0780-5 First Transcontinental Railroad - Colfax

Site information:

Grass Valley Street and Railroad Tracks, Colfax


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

First Transcontinental Railroad

Central Pacific Railroad reached Colfax, formerly Illinoistown September 1, 1865, and train service began four days later. Colfax was a vital construction supply depot and junction point for stage lines for ten months. It was renamed 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.

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

Registered 11/20/1962