Arcata Warf by AW Ericson The Arcata Wharf claims California’s first railroad (1855) which extended from the southwest corner of the Plaza out two miles to the Bay. The rail was first made of wood with a horse drawn car, then later becoming iron and steam powered. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of new posts by email.