Arcata & Mad River Railroad Company

California State Historic Landmark 842

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#842 Arcata and Mad River
Rail Road Company

Incorporated December 15, 1854, as the Union Plank Walk, Rail Track, and Wharf Company, the Arcata and Mad River Rail Road is the oldest line on the north coast. Originally using a horse-drawn car, the railroad served as a link between Humboldt Bay and the Trinity River mines. Later, locomotives were added as the line grew to serve the redwood industry.

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330 Railroad Ave, NW corner of Hatchery Rd and Railroad Ave, Blue Lake.

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