Great Summit Tunnel of the Sierra Nevada Historical

Great Summit Tunnel of the Sierra Nevada Historical (HM1SUV)

Location: Truckee, CA 96161 Placer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.984', W 120° 19.575'

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Beneath this plaque the first transcontinental railroad traversed the mighty Sierra Nevada range. The 1659 foot long summit tunnel took over 15 months of Chinese muscle and sweat to build. The Chinese painstakingly hand drilled, then blasted the granite rock with black powder and newly invented nitroglycerin. A vertical shaft took 85 days to complete and allowed tunnel construction to proceed from the center as well as from the portals. The most difficult obstacle facing the Central Pacific Railroad was overcome when the tunnel was completed in August 1867. The first passenger train passed through the tunnel on June 18, 1868. The last train went through in 1993.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 730506 N 4355297
Decimal Degrees39.31640000, -120.32625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.984', W 120° 19.575'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 59.04" N, 120° 19' 34.5" W
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Area Code(s)530, 775, 415
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 58977 Old Donner Summit Rd, Truckee CA 96161, US
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