Watsonville Junction, California

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Watsonville Junction
Unincorporated community
Watsonville Junction is located in California
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction
Location in California
Watsonville Junction is located in the US
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction (the US)
Coordinates: 36°53′42″N 121°44′45″W / 36.89500°N 121.74583°W / 36.89500; -121.74583Coordinates: 36°53′42″N 121°44′45″W / 36.89500°N 121.74583°W / 36.89500; -121.74583
CountryUnited States
CountyMonterey County
Elevation[1]33 ft (10 m)

Watsonville Junction is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Aromas,[2] at an elevation of 33 feet (10 m).[1]

First named Pajaro when the railway was built in 1871, the Southern Pacific railroad changed the name to Watsonville Junction in 1912.[3]

A railroad branch line to Watsonville joins the main line at Watsonville Junction.[2]

The overnight passenger train The Lark stopped at Watsonville Junction between 1941 and 1968.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Watsonville Junction, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 973-974. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin Gustav (1969). California Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of California Press.