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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