Railtown 1897 Presents Special Living History Event “The History Train” – myMotherLode.com


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Date(s) – 05/28/2022 – 05/30/2022
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Railtown 1897 Jamestown Historic State Park


California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are thrilled to present “The History Train” on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 29, and 30, 2022. The unique interpretive experience will include living history re-enactments inspired by the Gold Rush era in Tuolumne County and the early days of the Sierra Railroad. Guests will be treated to a one-hour train ride behind a historic locomotive with colorful historical figures on board sharing fascinating facts and stories of intrigue, humor and adventure. Train rides will be offered three times daily over Memorial Day weekend at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Each train will have a variety of different characters on board dressed in period clothing and may include historical figures such as Mark Twain, Grizzly Adams, Colonel George James (founder of Railtown), Anne Kline Rikert (first female president of a railroad), Leanna Donner App (who lived most of her life in Jamestown and area), Benjamin Woods (the first to discover gold in Tuolumne County with Woods Creek named after her) , William Bailey (the first victim of the Sierra Railway in 1898), Mayor of Jamestown (telling tales of haunted local buildings), Miss Adelaide Prudence (who lived the life of a “school marm”), and Moreover. As part of “The History Train” activation, guests will have the opportunity to mingle and take photos with the historical figures, and also enjoy a special Gold Rush treatment.

Train excursion tickets for “The History Train” are available online or at the Depot Store on a first-come, first-served basis, if still available. All train tickets include park admission and are $22 for adults, $17 for youth ages 6-17, and free for children ages 5 and under.

2022 is a special year for Railtown 1897 SHP as it marks 125 years of the Sierra Railway Company of California and the 100th anniversary of historic Sierra Steam Locomotive No. 28, a Baldwin locomotive built in 1922. For more information on “The History Train” special events and/or Railtown 1897 SHP in general, please call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org for updated information.

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