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History - Railroads and Railways of the Mojave Desert

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Notes:

By the 23d section of the act of March 3, 1871, supra, Congress made a grant of land to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, to aid in the construction of a railroad fromó

Tehachapa Pass, by way of Los Angeles, to the Texas Pacific railroad at or near the Colorado river, with the same rights, grants, and privileges, and subject to the same limitations, restrictions and conditions as were granted to said Southern Pacific Railroad Company of California, by the act of July twenty-seven, eighteen hundred and sixty-six.

Source - Decisions of the Department of the Interior and the General Land ..., Volume 30 By United States. Dept. of the Interior, United States. General Land Office, page 245.

Lang Station Site
Saugus, Los Angeles County

On September 5, 1876, Charles Crocker, president of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, drove a gold spike here to complete his company's San Joaquin Valley Line. This was the first rail connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The majority of the railroad workers were Chinese Americans. Many of them were experienced in railroad construction because they had been employed in building the transcontinental line in the 1860s.

Railroad tracks, crossing signals, and equipment mark this site, which no longer has a station building.

Source - NPS
Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California
A History of Chinese Americans in California: HISTORIC SITES

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