THE STORY: This medal commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Sierra Railroad.
In 1897, the Sierra Railroad was built to connect Oakdale, California to the Mother Lode. Up until that time, the only way to haul
goods and materials to and from the Mother Lode was by wagon or by the river. Both systems had major faults and goods were
often lost. The Sierra Railroad provided a quick, safe, and economical way to ship goods. The medal depicts one of the Sierra
Railroads trains coming around a bend toward the viewer. The railroad is still in existence today taking sightseers on short
excursions. This is also one of the most popular medals the club has produced.