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
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.