Thursday, April 21, 2005

Route of the Freeport RR in Sacramento, CA

From: "Gene Lewis"

... Does anyone know the route of the Freeport RR constructed in 1863 from Freeport (on the river south of Sacramento) to a connection with the Sacramento Valley R. R. at Brighton, about 10 miles? The line did not last long as the Central Pacific acquired parent SV and the Freeport Branch on August 16, 1865. I expect the branch was swiftly torn up as it competed with the CP's wharves and facilities in Sacramento.

[from the R&LHS Newsgroup]


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

The Freeport railroad ran in a straight line between Freeport (on the Sacramento River) and the SVRR at what is now Kiefer Road (formerly Middle Jackson Road) mile post 96.4. Service on the railroad was abandoned in August 1865 and the rails removed in the summer of 1868. Portions of the old grade were maintained as a levee into the 1880s, and the junction point on the SVRR (by then the Placerville branch of the SP) was called Freeport (short for Freeport Junction?) on some maps as late as 1893, but I am unaware of any evidence of the railroad in the present outside of Freeport area itself.


4/21/2005 9:58 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Gene Lewis"

Thanks, Wendell. I had guessed at the alignment of the Freeport RR and actually find that my assumption concided with your description. I have a copy of an article coming from the Sac. Co. Hist. Soc. about this short-lived railroad.

Strange what detail we get into 140 years after the events.

4/22/2005 3:11 PM  

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