Watsonville Junction, California

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Watsonville Junction
Unincorporated community
Watsonville Junction is located in California
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction is located in the US
Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction
Location in California
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
Country United States
State California
County Monterey 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.