Traveling INTO Colfax rather than BY it!

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Strong breezes or winds always make me more energized or antsy than usual.
And today, when my plans to work more in my garden were thwarted by their annoyance at mid-day, I grabbed my keys and went for a little drive.

The road traveling eastward out of Sacramento, along highway 80, finds the quaint little town known as Colfax about 49 miles away.  Today, I decided not to travel BY Colfax, but actually INTO it.

Colfax originally was known as Camp 20, and housed workers tasked with building this section of the transcontinental railroad in the mid-1800s. 

Sacramento merchants, known as “The Big Four” believed a railroad could offer potential benefit.  These men were Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker and Collis Huntington, and they saw need to transport goods and products to the silver mines in Nevada.  

In April 1861 the Central Pacific Railroad Company was formed.  Tracks were to begin in Sacramento and end at the California-Nevada boundary.  

Soon thereafter the Railroad Act of 1862 specified another railroad company, The Union Pacific, was to begin putting down rails at the Mississippi River and join the Central Pacific Railroad traveling east.

Colfax maintains its rich California history.  More information about historic Colfax is available via: Colfax History Organization

Comments (12)

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You know, Myrl, I have never driven into the town of Colfax, either. By it, but not in it. I have a client whose house I sold at the end of a street in Carmichael move to Colfax, and I've never gotten up there to visit her either. I like to visit old mining towns in the foothills.

Apr 09, 2019 06:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I too have passed by Colfax many times on Hwy 80, Myrl Jeffcoat. Yet I have never ventured into the town. Speaking of historic wife and I visited Virginia City, Nevada, today. We have before but felt like taking a drive from our vacation spot at Incline Village, NV. so there we were.

Apr 09, 2019 08:23 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. This is a terrific story and your pictures make it more real for me.

Apr 10, 2019 05:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Colfax looks to be a nice looking town, I am glad that you drove into it, rather than by it this time.  Thanks for sharing the journey with us as well.

Apr 10, 2019 06:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - I imagine there many places like Colfax, CA people drive by rather than use as a destination.  So many discoveries are made when a strong breeze or wind inspires us. 

Apr 10, 2019 06:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You know how to make us want to visit the area.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 10, 2019 07:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl thank you for the history lesson.  Colfax sounds like an interesting town to visit.

Apr 10, 2019 08:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for introducing us to Colfax.  It did not know it existed until now!  We have strong winds here to, and it woke me up during the night a couple of times.  A

Apr 10, 2019 11:21 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you,  Myrl Jeffcoat, for sharing your post on historic Colfax and also for the excellent animated slides.  Loved it!  Your photographic eye is superior!  It sure made an impression on me and know that if ever I am in the area, I would not be able to just drive by, I would need to drive in.

Apr 12, 2019 09:51 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Finally getting to travel into a place and see how it really all goes down is really intriguing at times for me and for a lot of people out there.

Apr 17, 2019 11:18 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

When a place has a taste of history to it and a certain kind of atmosphere, nothing really beats it. yes

Apr 17, 2019 11:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think Roy has a great point about wanting to visit the area and feeling that rush of excitement! Roy Kelley

Apr 17, 2019 11:21 PM