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Sacramento Rail Yard

ERM West and Union Pacific

Sacramento Rail Yard Remediation Project

Coordinated CR investigations that identified sites that could be affected by the remediation plan.

Driving the Golden SpikeSpurred by redevelopment efforts, Charlane Gross (prior to founding GrassRoots) conducted historic research and assessed previous cultural resources reports for the area.

Water tower at Sacramento Rail YardWith the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869, the Sacramento Rail Yard became the western terminus of the Trans. Railroad. After 100 yrs of use by the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, the ground was filled with contaminants leaching into the Sacramento River.
Historic Sacramento Rail Yard Shop Buildings

Project Tasks

  • Located early rail resources, prehistoric sites, and settlement sites
  • Determined which sites might be affected by remediation activities
  • Created a map to guide cultural resources monitoring
  • Coordinated with the California State Railroad Museum

Illuminating Discovery

During the rail yard excavations, archaeologists identified buried remnants of the Sacramento Gas Works plant. The plant was notable for providing the first gas lighting for the City of Sacramento on December 17, 1855.