Railroads of Nevada County

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The Central Pacific Railroad was the first railroad to enter Nevada County as it constructed eastward in 1865. At the base of the eastern slope of Donner Pass, the railroad established a construction camp, now known as Truckee, before following the Truckee River to the Nevada state line. Truckee became home to expansive locomotive facilities for helper locomotives on trains westbound over Donner Pass after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Through the end of the 19th century, additional railroads were constructed, bringing the outside world closer to the remote corners of the county. Railroads like the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Nevada County Traction Company served the gold rush–era boomtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Lumber companies like the Towle Brothers and the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company brought rail into the forests and filled the demand for lumber throughout the region.
ISBN: 9781467128452
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Andrew Brandon has been studying railroad history for over 25 years. Since 2001, he has been involved with the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City and is currently the museum's archivist. Brandon also serves on board of directors for the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Historical Society. In 2009, he helped found PacificNG.org, a website dedicated to researching narrow-gauge railroads around the Pacific Rim.
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