1869. The last spike of the first transcontinental railway was struck into the ground. This marked the completion of the railroad and the end of the race to the west between Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad crews.
Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. (1877) | Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904 Part of: Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. This panorama of San Francisco comprises 11 photographs, taken over a period of several hours from the central tower of Central Pacific Railroad magnate Mark Hopkins' then unfinished Nob Hill home, located at the corner of California and Mason Streets. The mansion burned to the ground in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Chinese Workers for Central Pacific Railroad: The white European workers seemed to only be interested in working long enough to earn money for a pick and a claim... Gold fever prevailed among them. The Chinese worked twice as hard and faster. ..... some things don't change apparently
1874 map of Berkeley and Oakland, California. Note that there was already a rail line: "Berkeley and University Rail Road," running west to east from the New Wharf/Ferry Landing up University Avenue to the edge of campus. Additionally, another rail line ran from where Sather Gate is today to Oakland via Telegraph Avenue; a third is the Central Pacific Railroad that had only recently, in 1869, been joined with the Union Pacific Railroad to create the transcontinental line.