Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Sacramento Placer & Nevada RR

From: "chris graves"
Date: February 1, 2005 11:06:05 AM EST

Well, after 140 years, we found [the Sacramento Placer & Nevada Railroad original grade].

[See the newspaper story in today's Auburn Journal:

" ... Railroad history buff Chris Graves of Newcastle said the recent re-discovery of a copy of the original Sacramento Placer & Nevada Railroad maps from 1861, with surveyor information on grades and turns, allowed a modern-day survey with a global positioning system. With the information from the 1861 map locating the old railbed's twists and turns, historians and surveyors were able to overlay the old railway onto a modern-day map. Not surprisingly, much of the route traveled along or near what is now Auburn Folsom Road. Part is also underwater, inundated by the Folsom Reservoir. 'The railroad ran 11 miles and except for a 750-foot gap in what is now Hidden Lake Estates, we now know where every single foot of it is,' Graves said. ... "]



Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: dlball@jps.net
Date: February 1, 2005 2:19:26 PM EST

Good for them! Over ten years ago, I made copies of the original survey map for the SP&N, overlaid them on a topo map and made a field visit to find the roadbed. It was quite interesting and the old roadbed was still fairly plain if you knew where to look. I'm sorry to hear that the maps are no longer at the state archives as that is where I got my copies.
Don Ball

2/01/2005 3:23 PM  
Blogger Jim Gilbert said...

I was born and raised in this area in 1953 and have just now found out about this "Sacramento Placer & Nevada RR ........... I went to Casa Roble High School and had no idea Granite Bay had a railroad running through it. To bad our local schools don't teach the students more about our local history. There is so much local history out there it's amazing. Jim Gilbert

1/13/2007 8:00 AM  

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