Landmarks of Roseville: Arches, Sculpture Park, Grinding Stones, Locomotives

ros_arch_funhomRoseville has always been a working town, blue-collar, meat and potatoes, tough railroad boys in the schools, never known for tourists, landmarks or public art. But we have some. The Vernon Street arch is nice, railroad themed and telling you you’re leaving Atlantic Street and entering Vernon Street.

ros_sig_dntwnBut the other side of the sign is confused. If you see this side you are LEAVING downtown Roseville and heading North on Atlantic St. Downtown Roseville is behind you.


Coming from Riverside Avenue the signs are equally confused as is the name of the street, the nearest river being the Sacramento River 17 miles west. ros_junct_stat_plaqAbove  is the plaque explaining the junction sign at right above.

sculp-rdSculpture Park is located off of N. Sunrise Ave behind the Home Depot, 350 N. Sunrise Ave Roseville 95661.  This park is a trailhead for Miner’s Ravine bike trail.


This .8 acre park features a large statue named “Cosmos” and charming tile plaques done by children (to replace the original bronze plaques pried off and stolen by vandals or thieves). Opens at sunrise and closes one hour after sunset.

ros_maidu_plaqThe oldest landmark is the Maidu “Grinding Rocks/Bedrock Mortars”. “Maidu Indians used grinding rocks as food preparation utensils. Archaeologists use the term, “bedrock mortars” to describe these unique tools…”  Via the Historic Marker Database


Maidu Indian Bedrock Mortars

Maxim-Nordenfelt 37mm Auto Cannon Mark II

Maxim-Nordenfelt 37mm Auto Cannon Mark II

Defending Roseville’s Veteran’s Memorial Hall and Royer Park is a 37mm naval automatic cannon circa 1908. Probably had more “man-stopping punch” than the Colt Model 1911 in putting down Filipino “Moro” insurgents of its era.


Maxim-Nordenfelt 37mm Auto Cannon Mark II


Maxim-Nordenfelt 37mm Auto Cannon Mark II

These twin breech-loading guns below look even older than the Maxim-Nordenfelt but no plaque was attached.








Different Kind of Grinding Mortar: 1918 US 6 Inch Trench Morter

Looking no more deadly than a piece of sewer pipe, the 1918 6-inch trench mortar could loft high explosive bombs from high overhead and rain them down behind walls and into trenches and foxholes. Mortars were the most feared of the VC weapons.


To complete the military theme, here’s most of a WWII era “Quonset hut” across the creek from the artillery.


DSC02255This is the icon of Roseville, Southern Pacific’s mighty locomotives. Repaired and maintained here, when running-in they are operated at high RPM for many hours adding to our noise and ‘diesel plume’ air pollution; but the smell of ‘bread and butter’ to the SP families.




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