Kearsarge Station (Citrus), CA

 

Kearsarge began life in 1866 as a stage depot under the name of Independence. By 1888 the name was changed to Citrus, and was again changed in 1913 to Kearsarge Station. A post office operated here during the “Citrus” years from 1888-1905, and again from 1907-1910.

In 1883 the stage depot was transformed into a railroad station along the Carson & Colorado Railroad line. The Carson & Colorado Railroad ran from Mound House, NV to nearby Keeler, CA. Along with a station house there was a house for the station manager and a bunkhouse for the train hands. The station at Kearsarge operated until June 29th, 1932, and the station was torn down in 1955.

The remains of Kearsarge are sparse. A few foundations remain, a small part of the original track lies along the railroad grade, and old broken glass and rusty cans litter the landscape. What I believe to be a pet cemetery is also located here with small markers with names like “Tiki,” “Duke,” and “Clyde.”

For more information on the Carson & Colorado Railroad a trip to Laws, CA is highly recommended. The station at Laws has been turned into an amazing railroad museums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

  • There are alot of old communities which no longer exist, but have a fascinating story behind them.It’s sad in a way that they are gone. It means something failed or went wrong. Making money is always the number one reason. I love wandering around among ruins of places I’ve only read about. For example I read Marshall Trimble’s book – “Arizona Place-Names”. It made me want to see some of these places and I did go. Many were disappointments. Some were enlightening from a natural world standpoint because many natural wonders or features no longer existed. For example areas described as rivers where early pioneer trappers caught Sonoran Beaver no longer exist. There are dry washes in these same location.

    I suddenly found that the natural world as we think it is doesn’t exist any longer and studying it is a mere matter of reading jistory books.

    Thanks for the pics Jim

    Kevin