California State Historic Landmark 251
#251 Valley Spring
The original three foot narrow gauge line was built by the
San Joaquin & Sierra Nevada Railroad, extending from Brack's Landing on the
Mokelumne River, east to Valley Spring. The depot and turntable were built
around the time of completion of the last section, which was finished in
April 1885, at a total cost of $409,570.00. The line was changed to standard
gauge by Southern Pacific around 1904. It was then extended 13 miles further
east to Kentucky House to service the Calaveras Cement Company in 1925. Passenger
service ended around 1932 but the line continued to serve as a freight line,
until the closure of the cement plant. The last rail shipment of cement was
No photo exists for this site.
SW corner of intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 26, Valley Springs.
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