|E.J. Rubottom and Will Glass, two relatives|
and friends who journeyed together during
the Yukon Gold Rush. (From Ancestry.com)
According to the 1899 Station Book, Rubottom's Spur was found 2.1 miles north of Felton and 1.1 miles south of Newell Creek (Newell Junction). It hosted a class "B" freight station, meaning at least one freight siding, as well as a spur of indeterminate length heading presumably into E.J. Rubottom's property. No other services were noted at the site. Judging from the geography of the region, it is extremely likely that the spur line was on the west side of the tracks, since a continuous hillside dominates the east side.
Comparative data suggests that Rubottom's Spur may have been located at Brackney, prior to the development of that area by the Brackney family at the turn of the century. This theory, though, presents problems, namely that Alonzo Brackney appears to have settled in the area at approximately the same time. Alternatively, Rubottom's Spur may have been located at the extreme southern end of the Glen Arbor area above the bend in the river where today a disjointed housing community thrives. As one final possibility, though less likely, the spur may have crossed the river just north of Brackney and settled within the western loop of the San Lorenzo River. In any case, the absolute location of the site seems to have been lost. According to Donald Clark, only a single atlas pointed to the site, Crams Superior Reference Atlas of California, Nevada and the World (George Franklin Cram: Chicago, 1908). This book is not currently available to this author, though a copy resides in the UC Santa Cruz collection.
- Clark, Donald Thomas. Santa Cruz Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. (Scotts Valley, CA: Kestrel Press, 2008).
- Rountree, Edward T. "A Commentary on the book 'SOUTH PACIFIC COAST' by Bruce A. MacGregor" (Santa Cruz, CA: University Library, 1974).
- "Will Glass / E J Rubottom Photo", Glass Family Highlights <http://glassraysor.blogspot.com/2008/03/will-glass-e-j-rubottom-photo.html> (Accessed 18 June 2013).