At the lower left, a passenger car and a baggage car of the Sacramento Valley Railroad stand on the Sacramento River levee about 1863. On August 17, 1855, the Sacramento Valley Railroad made a trial run from Sacramento to Folsom, becoming the first passenger railroad in the West. On February 22, 1856, the first train operated over the entire 22.9-mile line from Sacramento to Folsom. Construction of this railroad provided a "proving ground" for building railroads in the West, whose terrain presented unique challenges. The photographer carefully included the town, the railroad, and the river in one view, leaving us an exceptional record of what Sacramento looked like at this early date and telling us why it was an important transportation hub. This today is the site of Old Sacramento, including the California State Railroad Museum.