Arcata and Mad River Railroad Company: SHL 842

Location

In the Blue Lake Museum, 330 Railroad Ave, in Blue Lake. The NW corner of Hatchery Rd and Railroad Ave. (707) 668-5576.

History

From Discover Historical California:

The oldest rail line on the Northern California coast was the Arcata and Mad River Railroad Company, which served the area between Humboldt Bay and the Trinity River mines. The beginning of this line in 1954 is commemorated at the Blue Lake railroad depot. Affectionately called the "Annie and Mary", in honor of two of the railroad's employees in 1907, it is the oldest continuously operated line west of the Rocky Mountains. This railroad company is now part of the North Coast Railroad.

From the official site plaque:

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.

California registered historical landmark No. 842. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Humboldt County Historical Society and the Arcata and Mad River Railroad Company. September 26, 1970.

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