Following the acquisition and realignment of the Central Pacific Railway by the Southern Pacific, Imlay was established as a division point in 1908 and named for a Mr. Imlay that performed the town's survey. New facilities were constructed, including a 12-car roundhouse and machine shop. Within a few years, Imlay had grown to have a number of businesses and a population of a few hundred. It also experienced some growth with the arrival of the Victory Highway about 1922. Ultimately, though, Imlay lost its importance with the advent of diesel locomotives, and the railroad removed all its facilities. The town dwindled, though has never completely died due to its location on a major highway (Interstate 80, earlier US-40). A few original buildings remain in the hamlet of around 50, though most visitors today instead stop at the Thunder Mountain Monument located nearby.

Central Pacific Railroad
← Humboldt • ImlayMill City

See Also
Thunder Mountain Monument