Self-Guided Tour Sign #18 -- Urban Interface
As foreseen by Ross McCloud in the early 1850’s, the land now occupied by the Park did indeed become a busy place. Each generation that has come along has agreed with Ross's assessment that the route along the Sacramento River is the best connection between California and the Pacific Northwest. Early footpaths turned into early commercial trails, which became stagecoach roads—all passing through this land. Then the railroad, early automobile roads, and telephone and electricity lines all followed this same route through here. By the second half of the twentieth century, the builders of the Interstate Highway system and installers of telephone, electric, and internet cables also agreed that passing through the land here was the best route.
All this has resulted in the Park being an unusual park—not only does the Park reflect the natural wonders of the area and the heritage of the people who lived here, it also honors the many ways that we connect with each other. The overhead freeway and nearby railroad tracks, along with the electric and communications lines, are all an essential part of the story of Tauhindauli Park—fostering connections between people.