Sam Trott was born in 1826. The details of his early life have not been
recorded, but it is known that he was a "true 49er" who had located in Amadore
County where his only son, Charles, was born in 1856. In 1867, Mr. Trott was
reported working as a cook at Cisco, presumably for the railroad. The Following
year he removed to the then budding town of Rocklin where he purchased Lot No 1
on Front Street from James Bolton, which extended back 140 feet to second
There he erected the Trott House Hotel, one of Rocklin's earliest and most
notable buildings. Many of the beams and timbers used in it's construction were
of hand hewn redwood which have withstood the ravages of time and many fires to
this day. The Trott Hotel, which was opposite the roundhouse and a short walk
from the depot, was popular from the start with both railroaders and granite
workers, as well as the traveling public who found it to be in a most convenient
location. The hotel burned in 1869 but was immediately rebuilt by Trott who
continued its operation until his death in 1878. He was survived by his wife,
Mary (1828-1882) and one son, Charles (b.1856).
Charles, a Central Pacific Railroad engineer since 1873, had no inclination to
operate the hotel and it was leased to George McReady, who subsequently
purchased it. Charles Trott continued to work as an engineer on the
Sacramento-Gerber run until his retirement in 1925 after 56 years of service;
died in February 1931, aged seventy-five. He was survived by three children:
Samuel S. Trott; Grace (Mrs. Rhoads), both of Sacramento; and Charles B. Trott
of Tucson, Arizona.
Today the Venerable Trott Hotel building, one of Rocklin's most cherished
momentos of its formative days, houses Engle's Real Estate business.
From: Rocklin: Past, Present, Future by Leonard M. Davis. Published by the
Rocklin Friends of the Library, Rocklin Ca., 1981.