Bagby Stationhouse, Water Tanks and Turntable

CA 140, El Portal, California

Wooden turntable and station house from the defunct Yosemite Valley RR.

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Bagby Station

Photo taken by Eric Polk

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Description 

An old manually operated wooden turntable and station house can be found here. The Yosemite Valley RR opened in 1907 between Merced & El Portal, which reduced the passenger trip time to Yosemite NP from 2 days by stagecoach to 4 hours by train. In 1937 a flood destroyed the tracks & roadbed, adding to financial problems that putt the railroad out of business, The tracks were removed in 1945. The station, water tower, & turntable were located at Bagby, CA, but moved to El Portal in 1966 when the town was inundated by the expansion of Lake McClure.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 1979
Reference number
79000316
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Armstrong gallows frame
Area of significance
Transportation
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic function
Rail-related
Current function
Rail-related
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
1907; 1966
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 2

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2017: Updated by Jim Allen: expanded description
  • October 12, 2017: New photos from Jim Allen
  • December 21, 2015: Updated by Eric Polk: Added overview and description

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