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The Impossible Railroad

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In the early 1900s, San Diego was a growing and thriving city, but with no rail transportation eastward. Spearheaded by John D. Spreckels—with his persistence and money—a railroad was constructed that engineers warned would be impossible to build. Starting in San Diego and dipping into Mexico, the “Impossible Railroad” snaked through brutal mountain and rugged desert terrain to connect with the transcontinental Southern Pacific in El Centro. It took twelve challenging years to build, but the 1919 completion was widely celebrated. 

San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado Suite #3
San Diego, CA 92101

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Date & Time

Nov 12 - Nov 13, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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https://sandiegohistory.org/event/the-impossible-r

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San Salvador Sailing Adventure

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In addition to learning about the exploration of the West Coast, guests can assist the sail crew, enhancing their back-in-time experience.

 

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New Insights from the Nathan Harrison Project

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Weekends only 12:15, 2:15 pm

Swift Boat Veterans have assisted crew, guided visitors on tours, supported the ship maintenance staff, and generated funds to keep the PCF 816 Swift Boat in tip-top condition. They are a passionate force that can be counted on now just as they were in the past when Swift crews patrolled the waterways.

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New Insights from the Nathan Harrison Project

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