Bloomer Cut

When Bloomer Cut was completed in 1864, it was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and has remained virtually unchanged ever since. The cut is one of few Transcontinental Railroad landmarks that have survived the ravages of time.

In 1862, Indiana State Representative William Holman remarked about the Transcontinental Railroad that it…“could never be constructed on terms applicable to ordinary roads…it is to be constructed through almost impassable mountains, deep ravines, canyons, gorges, and over arid and sandy plains.” Representative Holman identified most of the obstacles that faced the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and Bloomer Cut is a stunning, historic example of how those obstacles were overcome. The cut is an engineering marvel and a testament to the strength and determination of the laborers who built it.

Bloomer Cut is located at the end of Herdal Drive in Auburn, California (no physical address).

Driving Directions: From eastbound I-80 take the Maple Street exit in Auburn and stay straight. Go through the stoplight and continue on Auburn Folsom Road. After about 1 ¼ miles, turn right onto Herdal Drive. Park where Herdal Drive ends at Quinn Way and take the walking trail heading west. Bloomer Cut will be about 300 feet ahead.

From westbound I-80 take the Hwy 49 Grass Valley/Placerville exit in Auburn and turn right onto Highway 49. Turn right onto Lincoln Way, left at the next stoplight onto Auburn Folsom Road, and then follow the directions above.

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An awesome piece of California history. Thanks for sharing and well worth the short walk.

Lee Adams, 2/23/2013

It’s pretty awesome - especially the fact that it remains virtually unchanged over 150 years later. Worth the walk. I question whether it was ever considered “The Eighth Wonder of the World” except maybe locally. So many other engineering and building feats had occurred by then.

Art, 12/15/2018

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