Watsonville Junction, California

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Watsonville Junction
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Watsonville Junction
Watsonville Junction (the US)
Coordinates: 36°53′42″N121°44′45″W / 36.89500°N 121.74583°W / 36.89500; -121.74583 Coordinates: 36°53′42″N121°44′45″W / 36.89500°N 121.74583°W / 36.89500; -121.74583
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation [1] 33 ft (10 m)

Watsonville Junction is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California. [1] It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Aromas, [2] at an elevation of 33 feet (10 m). [1]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Monterey County, California County in California, United States

Monterey County, officially the County of Monterey, is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 415,057. The county seat and largest city is Salinas.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

First named Pajaro when the railway was built in 1871, the Southern Pacific railroad changed the name to Watsonville Junction in 1912. [3]

Southern Pacific Transportation Company United States Class I railroad (1865–1996)

The Southern Pacific was an American Class I railroad network that existed from 1865 to 1998 that operated in the Western United States. The system was operated by various companies under the names Southern Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Company and Southern Pacific Transportation Company.

A railroad branch line to Watsonville joins the main line at Watsonville Junction. [2]

Watsonville, California City in California in California

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 51,199 according to the 2010 census. Located on the central coast of California, the economy centers predominantly around the farming industry. It is known for growing strawberries, apples, lettuce and a host of other vegetables. Watsonville is home to people of varied ethnic backgrounds. There is a large Hispanic population, as well as groups of Croatians, Filipinos, Portuguese, Sikhs, and Japanese that live and work in the city.

The overnight passenger train The Lark stopped at Watsonville Junction between 1941 and 1968.

<i>Lark</i> (train)

The Lark was an overnight passenger train of the Southern Pacific Company on the 470-mile run between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It became a streamliner in 1941 and was discontinued on April 8, 1968. The Lark ran along the same route as the Coast Daylight and was often pulled by a locomotive wearing the famous Daylight paint scheme of orange, red, and black.

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  1. 1 2 3 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Watsonville Junction, California
  2. 1 2 Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 973-974. ISBN   1-884995-14-4.
  3. Gudde, Erwin Gustav (1969). California Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of California Press.