The “Last Mile” transcontinental railroad celebration on Oct. 26

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is pleased to support “The Last Mile,” celebrating the 150th anniversary on the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

This event is produced by the U.S.-China Railroad Friendship Association (UCRFA), the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, and the California State Railroad Museum. It will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street, Sacramento.

The year 2019 marks 150 years since the completion in 1869 of the world’s first transcontinental railroad. The role of the Chinese railroad workers in helping to build the railroad cannot be overstated.

A commemorative bronze statue was completed this year in China to honor the workers’ significant contributions. The statute will be unveiled that evening at the California State Railroad Museum.

Members of the UCRFA are grateful to community supporters and partners like you. They expect to welcome over 400 guests, which include distinguished local and international leaders, representing the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, the railroad industry, descendants of Chinese railroad workers, elected officials, and influential community leaders.

Here’s a video of the building of the railroad and the unveiling of the bronze statute, whose final “home” will be in Gold Run, CA, a former mining town during the Gold Rush. It is a California Historical Landmark (No. 405).

—CATS

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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