Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy

Pacific Coast Railway Right-Of-Way / A Terrible Tragedy (HM18XJ)

Location: Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 San Luis Obispo County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 7.514', W 120° 34.499'

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Side A (Facing the sidewalk):
This plaque marks the location of the
Pacific Coast Railway
As established on October 12, 1881, in Arroyo Grande, the Pacific Coast Railway ran from Avila to San Luis Obispo and Edna in the north, then through Arroyo Grande to Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Los Alamos and Los Olivos in the south. This railroad served as a major influence from 1876 -1942 in the development of agriculture and commerce on California's central coast.

Side B (Facing the street):
A Terrible Tradegy
In the early morning darkness of April 1st, 1886 a group of local masked vigilantes on horseback lynched Peter Hemmi and his son Julius on the Pacific Coast Railway bridge (located 400 feet south of this marker)for the murder of rancher Eugene Walker of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley because of a long standing property dispute.
HM NumberHM18XJ
Year Placed1981
Placed BySouth County Historical Society & Bennett-Loomis Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 720971 N 3889622
Decimal Degrees35.12523333, -120.57498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.514', W 120° 34.499'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 30.84" N, 120° 34' 29.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)805
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 426 Crown Hill St, Arroyo Grande CA 93420, US
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