On Sunday March 23rd, the California Historical Landmark (CHL) dedication was held for the Mt. Quarries Railroad (MQRR) Bridge in the Auburn State Recreation Area. 65 participants from 15 agencies and organizations attended the dedication, which was also a California State Parks 150th Legacy event. As a part of the 2014 Commemoration of California State Parks 150th Anniversary (www.150.parks.ca.gov), the landmark dedication was the second in a series that will take place in various state parks around California over the next nine months. The nomination application was submitted by the Placer County Historical Foundation, who also help fund the plaque costs.
The dedication was hosted by Auburn State Recreation Area Superintendent Mike Lynch and included remarks by many key people and groups associated with the landmark process. The 150th Anniversary exhibit was on display, not only for the participants, but another 100 plus hikers along the busy trail, stopped to view the exhibit and pick up 150th bookmarks and the state parks history display.
After the dedication program, the audience moved out on the bridge, which had been adorned with a 14' high 150th logo banner, for a keepsake group picture.
Unveiling of plaque, Mike Lynch, Auburn SRA Supt., reads the wording to the crowd. L-R: Neil Moore (Western States Endurance Run Foundation), Mike Lynch, Kris Payne (President, El Dorado County Historical Society), Hal Hall (President, Placer County Historical Foundation & Western States Trail Foundation), Jerry Pozo (MQRR Anniversary Committee & Native Sons of the Golden West), Dave Allen (Native Sons of the Golden West), Jennifer Montgomery (Placer County Supervisor), Donna Howell (Placer County Historical Foundation) and Rodi Lee (historian, author and chief writer of the landmark application).