#1023 National City Depot


#1023 National City Depot

Site information:

900 W 23rd St, National City

Plaque and site are located on gated private property. Both are easily visible from outside gate.


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

National City Depot Transcontinental Railroad

This National City California Southern Railroad depot built in 1882 served as the first Pacific Coast terminus station of the Santa Fe Railway system's transcontinental railroad. The station was the West Coast general office and figured prominently in Santa Fe's effort to break the economic and transportation monopoly of California held by the Central/Southern Pacific Railroads. The first transcontinental trains arrived in November 1885, resulting in one of the largest land booms in the history of California. Of the original five transcontinental railroad terminus stations, this unique Italianate designed station is the lone survivor.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of National City and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter, November 15, 1997.

Registered 3/3/1997