|James G. Fair, Comstock tycoon and founder|
of the South Pacific Coast Railroad
Alfred E. Davis and James G. Fair funded the majority of the enterprise when the founded the company on March 25, 1876. Fair was the largest financier, having become a millionaire from the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, Nevada. The two investors envisioned a rail line that would stretch from Alameda Point near Oakland southward through the Santa Cruz Mountains and on to Salinas where it would eventually reach the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad tracks that were heading from the east.
Construction began at Dumbarton Point near Newark in May 1876 and reached San José by 1877. Service to Los Gatos was completed by June 1, 1878. In the north, construction continued to San Francisco via a ferry terminal built at Alameda Point, which went into service the same day that traffic began to Los Gatos. In the south, it took two more years of heavy boring, major deadly accidents, and luck to connect the Los Gatos branch of the railroad to the existing Santa Cruz & Felton Railroad track just south of Felton. The South Pacific Coast purchased the older railroad and its wharf on January 1, 1880, to complete their route to Santa Cruz. A segment of track was run up the San Lorenzo River from Felton Depot in 1886 under the company name Felton & Pescadero Railroad, reaching Boulder Creek by the end of that year for the purpose of logging. The final segment built by the corporation was a branch line to Oakland that was opened on October 1, 1886.
|Company logo after leasing the line to|
the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1887.
The following is a complete list of stations of the South Pacific Coast Railroad according to extant timetables:
|Advertisement for the South Pacific Coast Railroad, c. 1880.|
- San Francisco
- Alameda Point / Alameda Mole
- – Oakland Branch (1st Street, 7th Street, 14th Street)
- Pacific Avenue
- Second Avenue
- Third Avenue
- Schutzen Park
- Morton Street
- Chestnut Street
- Park Street
- Versailles Avenue
- High Street
- West San Leandro
- West San Lorenzo
- Mount Eden
- – Centerville
- Santa Clara
- San Jose
- Los Gatos
- Dougherty's Mill
- Big Trees
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Cruz Beach
- Henry E. Bender, Jr., "SP San Jose to Santa Cruz (ex-South Pacific Coast Ry.)." (2013)
- Andrew J.L. Cary, "The South Pacific Coast Railroad," Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (1998).
- Charlie Comstock, "Charlie's SPC Resource" (1998).
- Greg Harrison, "The South Pacific Coast Railroad," Abandoned Rails.
- Earl Heath, "Seventy-Five Years of Progress. An Historical Sketch of the Southern Pacific , 1869 – 1944," Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum. (2012)