|Drawing of Mission San Juan Bautista, c. 1830. [California Missions Resource Center]|
|The Plaza Hotel across from the mission, 1893. [fine art america]|
|San Juan Station, late 1908, with a passenger train sitting out front. [McMahon & Hendershot]|
|1915 USGS map showing the town of San Juan Bautista, although notably|
no railroad station appears at the junction of the road to Hollister (bottom).
|Mission San Juan Bautista at the time the San Juan Pacific Railway first came to town.|
|Passenger train returning from Chittenden, c. 1907.|
[McMahon & Hendershot]
Official Railroad Information:
San Juan appeared on the first public timetables for the San Juan Pacific from mid-1907 through May 1909 as 1.3 miles from San Juan Junction and 8.7 miles from Chittenden (although, in reality, it was closer to 6.4 miles from the latter). It was listed as having three passenger trains in each direction daily. Records for the California Central Railroad are more difficult to find but there was no known service to the former stop after 1909.
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
The precise site of San Juan Station is not entirely certain but it was most likely on either side of modern-day State Route 156 near Nyland Drive or Groscup Way. If it was on the north side, it occupied the same location of today's San Juan School. If the south side, it sat in the open lot between Groscup and the highway. The Loma Prieta Lumber Company lot was most likely the large grass field on the south side of the road east of Groscup. Most of this area can be explored to a degree without breaking any trespass laws, but nothing of the station or right-of-way survives in this immediate area.
Citations & Credits:
- Clough, Charles W. San Juan Bautista: The Town, The Mission & The Park. Sanger, CA: Word Dancer Press, 1996.
- Hamman, Rick. California Central Coast Railways. Santa Cruz, CA: Otter B Books, 2002.
- McMahon, Joseph, Carla Hendershot, and the Plaza History Association. Images of America: San Juan Bautista. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.