Postcard featuring a moving train passing by Mount San Jacinto, near Whitewater
Following the establishment of a stagecoach line, the Southern
Pacific Railroad plans to build a line through the Coachella Valley. The
Federal government grants the railroad ten miles of odd-numbered
sections of land on each side of the railroad right-of-way.
Cahuilla Indians help to construct a future railroad route through the Coachella Valley.
President Grant establishes Indian reservations across Cahuilla
territory, including the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation. That same
year, the Southern Pacific rail service reaches the Coachella Valley.
President Hayes extends the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation to include even-numbered sections.