PanGIS Senior Archaeologist/Historian Doug Mengers attended the workshop; Navigating Historic Corridors: Preservation & Transportation Development. The California Preservation Foundation in partnership with Preservation Sacramento hosted the workshop; held at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
The workshop included sessions with a variety of learning opportunities. It covered important topics such as eligibility and integrity of historic transportation sites, emerging trends in transportation and environmental planning, and documenting large-scale linear transportation features like Route 66.
PanGIS appreciates the high-quality educational programs provided by CPF and the opportunity to meet others working in the historic preservation field.
A highlight of the workshop was a visit to the nearby Sacramento Valley Station. The Southern Pacific Railway Station, in downtown Sacramento, was recently restored to its former glory.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1926 station serves Amtrak, light rail, and the upcoming Sacramento Streetcar system.
Presenters at the workshop were involved in the restoration of the Renaissance Revival station. The centerpiece of the station’s waiting room is John MacQuarrie’s mural. The mural depicts the 1863 groundbreaking of the first transcontinental railroad, which had been beautifully restored by Evergreen Architectural Arts.
For more on information on the Sacramento Valley Station, see: https://www.greatamericanstations.com/stations/sacramento-ca-sac/