Portola, California had it’s beginnings in 1886 when the railroad sent a surveyor to layout the area for a railroad line. Up until the early 1900’s it was called “Mormon Junction” and a few other names. The railroad was instrumental in allowing the logging industry to become a major economic force for miles around. In 1946 Portola became Plumas County’s first and only incorporated city.
Today, the railroad history of city is obvious to anyone visiting the town especially at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. It is one of the best in the West and railroad enthusiasts come from far and wide to see it and even operate a locomotive.