Side A (Facing the sidewalk):This plaque marks the location of the
Pacific Coast Railway
Right-of-WayAs 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 TradegyIn 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.