"The Big Move"

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"The Big Move"

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By Leonard M. Davis

Before Roseville became the significant railroad center on the West Coast that it is today, the railroad glory was shining on another town nearby. Just a few miles east on the tracks from Roseville, is the their neighbor town of Rocklin. That's where the railroad repair facilities were located until 1906. Then came the "Big Move" when Southern Pacific transferred their facilities from Rocklin to Roseville and what followed almost immediately was growth that led to Roseville becoming Placer County's largest and most important city.

As the economic stimulation from the railroad drained away from Rocklin, they relied more on their other key industry: mining granite. Rocklin continued to thrive by supplying quality granite to some great construction projects, such as the State Capital in Sacramento.

The two-year period between 1906 and 1908 is when the switch was made by Southern Pacific and this book tells the story of that significant time in the shared history of both cities.

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