Central Pacific Locomotive
Workers are off-loading railroad ties from Central Pacific Engine No. 210 near Acton in this mid-1870s photograph.
After completing the first transcontinental rail line in May of 1869, the "Big Four" of the Central Pacific --
Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Huntington and Hopkins -- consolidated their interests with San Francisco
railroad tycoons Henry Mayo Newhall, Peter Donahue and Charles Mayne and formed the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Southern Pacific completed the first north-south line from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a ceremony at Lang Station,
a few miles south of Acton, on September 5, 1876.
Acton was probably named by H.M. Newhall for a town near his Saugus, Massachusetts birthplace and was once considered
as a possible location for the California State Capitol.