History Behind Roaring Camp Railroad

Oct 18, 2016

Roaring camp is a small area located in the town of Felton, California. The camp is a recreation of a typical logging town that would have been found in the area during the 1880’s. Amidst the many activities that can be enjoyed at Roaring Camp such as gold panning and candle stick making, the camp is also known for their authentic train rides.

Roaring Camp is one of few places left in the country that has running, authentic steam locomotives from the 1880s. The land itself, however, was settled much before the 1880s. Some of the first Mountain men settled here in the 1830s. In 1842, Isaac Graham created the first saw mill west of the Mississippi! Lucky for us, he spared the beautiful redwoods in the surrounding area. Wanting to maintain the natural beauty, only 25 years later, the land became protected from logging making it one of the first locations in the area to be protected. As early as 1875, the area become the location for the first railroad that would carry tourists to the redwoods and neighboring beaches.

Decades later, these same steam engines are running along the same tracks that were put down during the 1880s. The Roaring Camp railroad follows a narrow trail, since when it was first created, they wanted to cut down down as little trees as possible. The train ride takes guests through 3.25 miles of the redwood forest. The railroad started up again in the early 1960s when Norman Clark wanted to bring back the romance of traveling by steam trains to America. By the 1970s, the steam engines were fully back up again and once again transporting guests on the railroad and providing them with beautiful views of the redwood forest. While staying in Jackson CA, come down to Roaring Camp, you too can be a part of history. Visit http://www.roaringcamp.com/ for more information.

Roaring Camp Railroad is one of the few areas left that has running, authentic steam locomotives going as far back as the 1880's.
5355 Graham Hill Rd.
Felton, CA