Alameda Terminal, ca. 1869
Naval Air Station Alameda|
|Designated||June 8, 1949|
The Pacific Railroad Act passed by the United States Congress in 1862 authorized construction of a transcontinental railroad and telegraph line which was to connect the Central Pacific in the west with the Union Pacific Railroad in the east. The first construction activity took the line east from Sacramento. Subsequently the line was opened from Sacramento to San Jose. During June 1869, construction was started near Niles (now part of Fremont), and by August a temporary connection had been made at San Leandro with the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad. On September 6, 1869, the first Central Pacific train reached San Francisco Bay at Alameda Terminal.
Following the 1885 leasing of the Central Pacific by the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Alameda Terminal became an important passenger and freight station for the SP system.
- "Alameda Terminal of the First Transcontinental Railroad". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-05.