|Map showing Shingle Springs & Newell Junction at the base|
of Newell Creek near Ben Lomond. (Courtesy Duncan Nanney)
When the South Pacific Coast Railroad first arrived at Newell Creek in late 1884, it established a flag-stop and a short siding at the site and named it Shingle Springs, likely for shingle mills found further up the valley. These lands may well have been owned by the Dougherty brothers and their Santa Clara Valley Mill & Lumber Company, but no significant logging operations occurred up Newell Creek during this period. When the Southern Pacific Railroad leased the South Pacific Coast in 1887, it probably changed the name to Newell Creek by 1888 to avoid confusion with another stop named Shingle Springs along the Northern Railway, which was consolidated in that year. A similar precedent in 1887 had forced Arcadia to be renamed Tuxedo along the Mountain Division to avoid confusion on the timetables. The 1899 Station Book mentions the site, stating that the flag-stop for Newell Creek was 76.6 miles south of San Francisco via Alameda Point. The only other note regarding the stop is that it had a class-B freight station, meaning that at least one siding was at the stop.
|Lumbermen waiting on a narrow gauge flatcar for a pickup from the engine. (Courtesy Rick Hamman)|
|California Timber Company Mill alongside Newell Creek. (Courtesy Bruce MacGregor)|
|Kitty sitting on a triple-railed track in the Newell Creek property. (Courtesy Rick Hamman)|
|Newell Junction Flag-Stop structure. (Courtesy The Valley Press)|
An August 19, 1923, internal Southern Pacific timetable includes Newell Junction in its lists of stops along the branch line. Newell Junction is noted as being 75.9 miles south of San Francisco via the Mayfield Cut-Off and is noted as a spur junction still, despite the spur no longer being in use. It is also noted as being 3.8 miles south of Boulder Creek, 1.2 miles north of Glen Arbor, and 0.4 miles southeast of Ben Lomond. In addition, a Southern Pacific route map of the area from October 1922 includes Newell Junction. No other timetables in this collection currently note the site.
|Image of Newell Junction Flag-Stop Site. (Courtesy Google Street View)|