Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1910-1920 Route and locomotives

From: "Kirk Chandler" kirk@earth2kirk.com

I am trying to reconstruct a journey my mother and her family made about 1917-18 from Beaver County, Oklahoma to Sacramento, California.

The assumption is they went north and west to a rail line. One map shows a route that may have gone from El Moro CO to Amarillo, Texas.

Can you tell if this route existed at in 1915 and what type of locomotive might have run that route.

My grandfather got a job with South Pacific as a stationary engineer the day after arriving in Sacramento. He worked for and retired as the head of the Sacramento Northern Railroad.

Mom is 99 now and we enjoy walking down memory lane. ...

Photographer Isaac Newton Boyce - Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

From: "Mary Thurston" info@animalimage.com, mary@petcem.com

I was very interested to find your website. I was wondering if you have ever come across a reference to Isaac Boyce, who for a time was official photographer to the Denver RioGrande Western line before moving to New York to become a studio photographer around the turn of the [20th] century? Library and county archives here in Westchester County contain very little information about the man, and I was told by his granddaughter that upon his death in 1936 the entire contents of his studio were thrown away.

Between 1905 and 1920 Mr. Boyce took a number of photographs of our pet cemetery, making them the largest known surviving collection of his work today.

I would appreciate hearing from you if you happen to have any further information about Mr. Boyce's time with the railroad so we might add it to our archives here. ...

—Mary Thurston, Historian, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery


Isaac Newton Boyce 1939 Obituary

Research questions for novel

From: "Kathy Owen" kathy@kbowenmysteries.com

Hello, I’m researching late-nineteenth century railroad travel for my next novel (my fourth book), which involves my female protagonist making a railway trip from New York to San Francisco during the summer of 1898. I’ve been fortunate to learn a bit about the routes, travel times, sleeping cars, and passenger life aboard a train, particularly through resources such your website, Appleton’s General Guide to the United States and Canada, and the Library of Congress. However, there are a number of other details that I’m having difficulty finding, such as:

What transfers would have to be made along the way? I've read in Appleton's General Guide to the United States and Canada (1889) that the trip would have the following segments: New York, Chicago, Omaha, Salt Lake City, and then San Francisco. If so, would my travelers have to buy separate tickets for each leg of the journey? What different railroad companies would be involved, and how long would each segment take? If there was a layover, were passengers allowed to disembark, as long as they had returned in time?

What would a typical day on board a transcontinental train trip be like? I've learned that there were separate cars for dining, lounging, and smoking, in addition to sleeping. Were any cars specific to ladies only? The 1889 Appleton's guide says there are no dining cars from Omaha to San Francisco, but had that have changed by 1898?

When there were dining cars: what times and how many meals were served each day? Were passengers assigned certain times, or could they just show up during the serving times, like a restaurant?

Would the women be responsible for folding up and putting away their own beds and linens, or would the porter do it for them? ...

K.B. Owen, historical mystery author

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CPRR change of ownership and route

From: "Clarence Basso" cbasso@charter.net

Can you direct me to an information source regarding the change of ownership of the Central Pacific Railroad to the Southern Pacific Railroad line in northern Nevada?

When did the SPRR acquire the CPRR right-of-way?

When did the SPRR modify its route west of Lovelock, Nevada, from roughly paralleling then US40, now I-80, to its route via Hazen, etc. and why? ...

—Clarence Basso, Reno, Nevada

Monday, July 07, 2014

Where to begin an onsite visit?

Where should I begin an onsite visit to the CPRR Museum?



The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum has many online photographs, stereoviews, engravings, maps, and documents illustrating the history of the first transcontinental railroad.

Begin your visit with the Welcome page, then the CPRR Museum's Home Page, then the Exhibits.

See the Frequently Asked Question about how the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum is organized.

Many visitors are also interested in the Chinese Railroad Workers who built the Central Pacific Railroad (the western part of the first transcontinental railroad).

The CPRR Museum also includes an extensive list of readings about the first transcontinental railroad.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

UPRR contractor Lewis D. Carmichael

From: "Suzy Spafford" sspafford@suzyszoo.com

My great-great grandfather was Lewis D. Carmichael. He was a contractor working on the first transcontinental railroad, during the years 1865 (I believe) to the completion ("DONE!") 1869. His family lived in Omaha, Nebraska, at the time. He is/was cited for the work he did, especially on Sherman Hill in Southeastern Wyoming, and Devil's Creek area in Southwestern Wyoming, and also the canyons of Northern Utah. From what I have read, he hired around 50 or more workers who moved mountains a shovelful at a time. Unbelievable. The historical articles state that connecting the continent by rail was, at that time, as significant a feat as Columbus discovering America. I've been looking for as much on the subject as possible, to see images of what they called the "Carmichael Cuts."

In showing their appreciation for his accomplishment, Carmichael's friends, co-workers and associates on the railroad pitched in and gave him a huge set of silver from Tiffany & Co. out of New York. Our family (my father) has the elegant soup tureen and ladle. I personally have some spoons that trickled down to me – true treasures. I wonder if other contractors at that time were also given similar gifts? The centerpiece of the whole set was a huge tray that depicted 4 scenes featuring Carmichael cuts at Sherman Hill, Wyoming, Devil's Creek, Wyoming, the Canyons of Utah, and I cannot make out what the 4th one is –perhaps Promontory Point (looking at a picture I saw on the internet). I was informed that that tray is now in the possession of a private collector. With the Union Pacific Sesquicentennial coming up, it would be great to come and visit the museum which I plan to do, and would be SO good to know what happened to the rest of the silver. It would be great to be able to see it all, and to learn more of the story. Lewis had 9 children. A middle daughter was Agnes Carmichael who married John Hunt Spafford. Her son was Larry A. Spafford of Perrysburg, Ohio, and his son is my father, John L. Spafford. There were 8 living children in Lewis's family, and each must have received something special from that original collection. And they all had kids. I hope to know more about Lewis Carmichael, and of the work he did, and I hope my distant Carmichael cousins eventually read this and share any stories they know, too. ...

—Suzy Spafford Lidstrom, San Diego, California


Lewis D. Carmichael
Lewis D. Carmichael

Louis Carmichael verso

tureen emblem

Silver Tiffany

Ladle detail

Spoons

Tureen

Tureen bottom marks

Sterling marks

Spoon Monogram
Images courtesy of Suzy Spafford Lidstrom.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

CPRR Discussion Group

Welcome to the CPRR Discussion Group at the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.

See HOW TO POST to the CPRR Discussion Group.

© 2014 CPRR.org. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the User Agreement which permits personal use web viewing only; no copying; arbitration; no warranty. Only send content intended for publication. Links are not merchant endorsements – caveat emptor. If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.

CPRR Museum Category Tags:

,
, ,
,
, , ,





Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.
Copyright © 2014, CPRR.org

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Organ in Pullman's Palace Sleeping Car Palmyra - musical instrument

From: p-wb@sbcglobal.net

My name is Paul-Wesley Bowen and I am a member of NorCalTOS (ATOS Bay Area Branch). We are avid followers of any kinds of organs, when, where, what (name or brand), physical features, i.e., how large/small or what kind, i.e., reed or pipe, and what happened (meaning did it survive), etc.

Directly below is a picture of a Pullman car called "Palmyra" – a stereograph of the interior which shows an organ in this car. One half of this picture was first seen for sale on eBay and was found to be part of the “Master Photographers, No. 45 - Another interior detail view of Pullman's Palace Sleeping Car "Palmyra"; Note the organ built into car; C.E. Watkins series”, Courtesy N.Y. Historical Society, Published by Lightfoot Collection, Huntington Sta., N.Y., 49650-C. In trying to research the above questions, I found the matching stereograph on your site. ... We are interested in the organ itself and are hoping that some way you might, just might, have some kind of reference materials regarding it.

It would be nice to know if 1) it was a reed organ or a harmonium (the other possible name for it, there being one in Yosemite Historic Village), and 2) did this car and its interior survive ... ? If anyone has any information regarding its present state, it would be of great interest to us to know these particulars.

Thanks you very much for any information you can share with us regarding the organ in this particular picture.

—Paul-Wesley Bowen, Paradise, California


Organ in Pullman's Palace Sleeping Car Palmyra

Sunday, June 01, 2014

CPRR Discussion Group

Welcome to the CPRR Discussion Group at the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.

See HOW TO POST to the CPRR Discussion Group.

© 2014 CPRR.org. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the User Agreement which permits personal use web viewing only; no copying; arbitration; no warranty. Only send content intended for publication. Links are not merchant endorsements – caveat emptor. If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.

CPRR Museum Category Tags:

,
, ,
,
, , ,





Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.
Copyright © 2014, CPRR.org

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Long Hot Train Ride and a Lynch Note, 1913

From: "Dirk A. D. Smith" Dirk@LandfallResearch.com

I am researching a curious event in 1913 and would like to add, while building the story, what travel would have been like for the gentleman concerned.

In July of that year, one Gilbert Lester Smith traveled from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Ranchester, Wyoming to take over and bring back to profitability a troubled lumber mill. The mill, the Big Horn Timber Company, made railroad ties for Burlington. The contract had been cancelled but the mill was to cut similar timber for area coal mines. The men at the mill were owed back wages (one month's worth) and wanted their money. Smith had the money following him. Upon arrival, they demanded payment which he said was coming. They did not believe him and he was sent a lynch note (which I have). He left – probably rather quickly – or I would never have come to be (he was my grandfather).

What I want to do is to create his travel experience.

Think of it: you are in your late 20s, you have promise, you are given the huge and exciting job of going from a highly developed seaside city to the rather wild, undeveloped northern border of Wyoming and saving a lumber mill from extinction. You travel (presumably by rail) in high summer in non-air conditioned railroad cars for 2,000 miles and at a time when people did not bathe often and most did not use deodorant ... only to arrive at your new job and be threatened with being hung so you turn around and (probably the next day) get back on the train east.

I am a journalist and, upon completion of this research, plan to publish the story. Any assistance would be much appreciated. ...

Dirk A. D. Smith, Hollis, New Hampshire

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Carlton Watkins presentation tea set?

From: "Marian Reitzen" auntie2000@cox.net

I recently purchased an American made silver plate teaset from either the 1870's or 1880's that is engraved "To Watkins from his R R Friends."

When I research it on the internet, I found your site and was wondering if this might have been something presented to Carlton Watkins? ...

—Marian Reitzen, Tempe, AZ

Saturday, May 10, 2014

National Train Day - May 10th

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Induction of the Chinese Railroad Workers into the Labor Hall of Honor

From: "Sue Lee" suelee@chsa.org
Subject: Induction of the Chinese Railroad Workers into the Labor Hall of Honor

Induction of the Chinese Railroad Workers into the Labor Hall of Honor

Your site is terrific!

Thought you might be interested in this ceremony on Friday May 9, 2014.

Link to the webcast May 9, 2014.

Sue Lee
Executive Director
Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Transcontinental shipment of Steinway piano, 1871

From: "Shirley & Arnold" asgiven1@att.net

Are Transcontinental shipping records available for October 28, 1871? Steinway & Sons Co. shipped Steinway piano, serial #23390, from New York to San Francisco on that date. I am uncertain if it went by rail or sea. Are historical records kept on shipments of this nature?

The piano is still in beautiful, working condition as has made its way to Tehachapi, CA, a small town about 5 hours southeast of San Francisco.

The original owner has since passed away and the history of the piano is not available as to how it traveled so far, 142 years past.

Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps if not shipped via rail, would you know where I might begin a search regarding a seafaring shipping, during that time period?

I write for a paper and I am trying to follow the path of this wonderful piece of musical equipment and do an article on its history. ...

—Shirley A. Given, The Loop Newspaper

Friday, April 18, 2014

How many passengers on a train?

From: "Jane Courter" JCourter@premiercharterschool.org

In 1880, how many passengers would likely be on a given train from Philadelphia to South Dakota (or near these locations)? I am researching the experience of Sioux children who were sent to Captain Richard Pratt's "Indian schools" in the east to learn white society's customs. ...

Jane Courter
Reading Specialist
Premier Charter School

St. Louis Charter School

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Road Trip - seeking descendants of Chinese railroad workers

From: "Wong Wei Xiang" weixiang_wong@hotmail.com

My name is Wei Xiang Wong, a Chinese research volunteer at CAMOC (Chinese American Museum of Chicago). I came across your museum on the internet when I was doing research project on "Chinese contribution to First Transcontinental Railroad." We are going to have a road trip across most part of the Central Transcontinental Railroad in coming months from Sacramento to Golden Spike. During this trip, we hope to interview descendants of Chinese railroad workers, visit Chinese museums, collect items for museum display and also make videos/movies. It is not an easy task to locate these descendants. That is why I am writing to you hoping that you may know some of the descendants and also recommend any place/person of interest that may contribute to the project. ...

—Wei Xiang Wong, MD
Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The 'Big Four' - After the last spike

From: "Joshua Dyer" drumjedi76@gmail.com

I am researching the Big Four for my upcoming novel series on them, and I'm having a problem. I have gathered a sizeable about of information on them and the TCRR / CPRR / UPRR up to its completion, but not much on their lives afterward. Do you have any resources or sites that I could use to research what the Big Four did after the railroad was finished? I've got some sparse data from their bios, but little else. ...

—J. E. Dyer

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Freight Depot in Pleasanton California

From: "Pamela A Mays" pamays@sbcglobal.net, cenpac1996-001@yahoo.com

We are looking for early photos or drawings of Central Pacific Railroad Passenger and Freight Depot in Pleasanton California before 1894. The ... Museum in Sacramento has photos of SPRR depot not CPRR. ...

—Tom Mays


Spooner CPRR stockton depot
Spooner CPRR stockton depot.

Spooner Train at Stockton Depot
Spooner Train at Stockton Depot.

Spooner CPRR Stockton depot and area
Spooner CPRR Stockton depot and area.
Images courtesy of the Kyle Wyatt collection.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Transcontinental railroad train timetable 1870's

From: "Victoria Rooney" victoriarooney91@gmail.com

I was doing some research about the Union Pacific in the early 1870's, specifically the route through Wyoming. The main question that I have and haven't been able to find an answer to is: how often did a train run through going either East or West? Once a week, or more or less frequently?

—Victoria

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Culvert location

From: "David Rousar" rousar@earthlink.net

Can anyone identify the location of this culvert that was or is on the right of way of the old San Francisco and San Jose Railroad? The date inscribed is 1862. The inscribed names of several individuals are as follows:

Chas. W. Sanger, Secretary
Wm. J. Lewis, Chief Engineer
T. J. Arnold, P.A. Engineer
O. H. P. Rand, Builder

—David Rousar


SF&SJ culvert

SF&SJ culvert

Finishing the project

From: "NewCastle, Alta Cal'a" caliron@att.net

A few years ago I was involved with the production of a video entitled The Hidden Wonder of the World, the Transcontinental Railroad. That video dealt strictly with the old grade between Sacramento City and Tunnel 6 at Donner Summit.

That video has been broadcast over Public TV in Sacramento, Cal. many times, and they continue to broadcast it. You can see it on your computer by going to KVIE, then scrolling to VIEW FINDER, then clicking on The Hidden Wonder of the World, the Transcontinental Railroad. The video on KVIE runs 26 minutes, 46 seconds.

I will be 73 this year, and feel the need to finish the work begun with the video mentioned above.

To that end, Bill George, the Producer and I have agreed to run the work to Promontory Summit ...

The final video will run about 53 minutes, this to accomplish the one hour time frame that Public TV needs to fill a one hour program. ...

Our question, then, would anyone in the CPRR Discussion group have an interest in this project? ...

Your thoughts are welcomed.

G J Chris Graves, Chairman,
Committee for the protection of "What is Truth" in Railroad History
tel. 916.663.3742

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New York City Train Travel

From: "Allan Sacks" allan.sacks@comcast.net

The Railroads and the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 page includes a time table for the Ft. Wayne & Pennsylvania R.R. Line that shows a daily express traveling east arriving in Philadelphia at 3:30 PM and arriving in New York at 6:45 PM. I thought that before Penn Station was completed in New York in 1910, there was no tunnel under the Hudson River for trains to travel between New Jersey and New York. Did the trains from the west in 1876 only go as far east as Jersey City or was there some other route into New York City? Likewise how did people in New York travel to Philadelphia?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Is this fiction?

Google Alerts reported the following new post:

"NATIVE AMERICAN CHIEF OFFERS AID TO CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD" 1864

What is this? Does this make any sense? Is it entirely made up?

W. A. Bradley Union Pacific Photo Car family image

From: "Chickwagon" chickwagon@gmail.com

Your amazing site was such a help in understanding a few photos I was trying to identify and date. I thought you might enjoy these images, as I scanned both sides of my photocar portrait. These were in an album that was from families who lived in Stayton, Marion County, Oregon, with relatives in Dayton, WA; Hanford, CA; and Sacramento, CA. I assume this photo was from Salem, OR, since the advertisement on the back refers to an office in Portland. Please let me know if you can add any additional information. I think I must have cropped the border of this, but retained the name "W.A. Bradley". ...

—Barb C.

W.A. Bradley Photocar Family image

W.A. Bradley Photocar Family image

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Trout Creek in Truckee

From: "Denny Dickinson" echosdad@hotmail.com

I am a serious historical researcher doing research on Trout Creek in Truckee, California through the Truckee Donner Historical Society (TDHS). ...

The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum has published a CPRR Survey Map 1868, Nevada County, CA. I believe that the 1889 USGS map is in error showing Trout Creek flowing in southerly direction into the Truckee River around what is now the Bridge Street Bridge. This map may show the true direction of Trout Creek in 1886. Would it be possible to get the present day location of this map for my review. ...

–Denny Dickinson

PS - The TDSH library is open every Thur. 10-2. I would like to invite anyone interested in Truckee history to stop by for a visit.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Chinese workers of the Central Pacific Railroad

From: "Jennifer Chen" jennifersiyi@gmail.com

... I am doing a rather large-scale history project on the Chinese workers of the Central Pacific Railroad.

I visited the Sacramento Railroad Museum and library recently, and I examined some payrolls in 1866. They were very hard to read and interpret, but I tried my hardest to decipher with the librarian.

It is a wonder why all the Chinese workers were paid in a company, and do you know why the Chinese were called "Ah" and followed by a single syllable of their names? Were the Chinese not called by their real names? Does it in any way show that Americans didn't even bother to learn the Chinese immigrants' names? ...

—Jennifer Chen

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Old grade in Elko County

"Nature Notes An area rich in railroad history" by Larry Hyslop, Free Press Corespondent, © Elko Daily Free Press, February 8, 2014. (History Article)

"Railroad history is visible off the Interstate 80 Moor exit. ... Google Earth photo ... county road that leaves I-80 to travel around the north end of the Pequop Mountains ... built over the top of the original Central Pacific Railroad rail line ... the Southern Pacific Railroad’s current tracks ... 1868 ... grading crews from the two companies passed each other at the north side of the Great Salt Lake ... shows grade constructed by the UPRR ... the farthest West the UPRR built grade in advance of the track crews." [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Saturday, February 01, 2014

CPRR Discussion Group

Welcome to the CPRR Discussion Group at the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.

See HOW TO POST to the CPRR Discussion Group.

© 2014 CPRR.org. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the User Agreement which permits personal use web viewing only; no copying; arbitration; no warranty. Only send content intended for publication. Links are not merchant endorsements – caveat emptor. If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.

CPRR Museum Category Tags:

,
, ,
,
, , ,


@CPRR #CPRR





Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.
Copyright © 2014, CPRR.org

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CPRR iron

From: "Bruce Cooper" bcc@digitalimageservices.com

All found along the CPRR grade in Winnemucca, Nevada.

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

CPRR iron, Winnemucca, NV

James Duhurst Taylor, engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad

From: "Gilbert Taylor" gib616@yahoo.com

My family has told a story about our great great grandfather being engineer for the Union Pacific [Railroad] and that there is bust of him at a museum in Omaha [Nebraska]. I can't find info on him or the statue.

Have you heard of James Duhurst Taylor?

Reenactor/living history - railroad detective - clothing - conductor’s outfit - costume

From: "Bill Wolfe" llano.wolfes@gmail.com

... just stumbled across your website while trying to do an internet search on “railroad detective.”

My family has become interested in living history presentations here in Central Texas (ca. 1870s). My wife is working on a presentation as a librarian and I had the idea of doing some sort of presentation on western railroads.

Aside from the presentation itself, my biggest challenge is going to be to come up with a period-correct costume. I was wondering if you’d have any suggestions on where or what. I’ve seen some railroad goggles on sale on ebay that I thought might be appropriate if I were to dress up as an engineer. I’d wondered about a conductor’s outfit and since I’m a deputy sheriff, the thought of “being” a railroad detective also came to mind.

I’ve purchased a couple of original publications from the 1870's regarding railroads, but I haven’t come across ... any pictures that I felt really gave me a working idea of what real railroaders wore back then. From what I remember from western movies, railroad detectives generally wore business suits. Badge on a vest? Six gun on the hip?

Any advice, direction, or other help would be appreciated. ...

—Deputy Bill Wolfe, Llano County Sheriff's Department

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Articles on "The Joining of the Rails: The Transcontinental Railroad"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Surveying the first transcontinental railroad

From: "Erica Brandt" ebrandt@northcoastchurch.com

I was researching the Transcontinental railway to use as an illustration. Basically how the two sides needed to come together, and if they were one degree off over time, would not have met in the middle.

But I can't find any details on line detailing the actually engineering/mapping of how the two sides were able to meet at the same place on May 10.

I have read that they were only working miles apart as they got closer, but could you point me to anything detailing how they actually mapped it to come together? ...

—Erica Brandt

Travel in 1873

From: "Bryan Lamkin" blamkin@apu.edu

I am working on an article/biography of an Irish immigrant who traveled from West County Cork to Carson City Nevada in 1873. I am looking for "best guesses" about route and fares. Any help or advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I have included my draft of the travel section. Thanks!

It is difficult to know for sure his itinerary to Carson City, the only clues being his departure from New Jersey and newspaper reports at the time of his death that mentioned coming from Missouri. Assuming that he did get to Carson via Missouri, a possible itinerary would have looked something like the following. From New York he would have traveled as a second- or third-class passenger on the Pennsylvania Railroad, departing for Pittsburgh via Jersey City and Philadelphia at 5 p.m. on April 21 and arriving in Pittsburgh at 9:40 a.m. on April 22. From Pittsburgh he would have connected with a Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad car headed for St. Louis. Assuming he caught the 2:15 p.m. train, that would have put him in St. Louis by mid-evening on the 23rd. A late evening St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railway connection would have him arriving in Kansas City by 9:30 a.m. on the 24th. Next, he would have headed to Denver on the Kansas Pacific line, but would have had to wait until the next morning at 9:45 a.m., and over thirty hours later, at 6:30 in the evening on the 26th, he would have reached the mile high city. The following afternoon at 1:15 p.m., he would have boarded a Denver Pacific train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and arrived in that city at 10:15 p.m. After another overnight stay in Cheyenne, he would have boarded the Union Pacific train for Reno, getting to the biggest little city in the world just after midnight on April 29. It would have been possible for him to catch a 1:55 a.m. Virginia and Truckee Railroad train to Carson City, which would have him arriving at his final destination at 3:40 in the morning, April 30, 1873, after a journey of eight days. Considering the number of connections, the regular and inevitable delays for train travel in that period, the sheer exhaustion Hurley must have felt, and the fact that in the only “biography” of Hurley, an entry in James Scrugham’s biographical section of his history of Nevada, the author notes that Denis Hurley arrived in Carson City in May, it is doubtful the trip took only nine days.

My footnotes concerning fares:

PA RR, Jersey City to Pittsburgh: 444 miles at .03/mile = $13.32;
Pittsburgh to St. Louis = ?;
St. L, KC & N RR, St. Louis to KC: 275 @ .035/mi = $9.63;
KS Pacific, KC to Denver: 639 miles at ;
Denver Pacific, Denver to Cheyenne: 106 miles at .01/mile = $1.06;
UP/CP, Cheyenne to Ogden/Ogden to Reno (589 miles): 1102 miles at ? = ?

—Bryan Lamkin, Professor of History, Director of General Education, Azusa Pacific University

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How many Central Pacific Railroad tunnels?

How many Central Pacific Railroad tunnels were “blasted through the granite mountains” of the Sierra Nevada?

John J. Berry, clerk in the San Francisco CPRR office, 1874-1876

From: "Pam Meeds Williams" pamymwms@gmail.com

... Great website!

I am looking for information on John J. Berry, who was a clerk in the San Francisco CPRR office in 1874 to 1876.

He died in 1876 when he committed suicide on his wife's grave at Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco.

I work at the Moraga Historical Society and we have a headstone for Eliza Berry, who we believe is his wife. We think they are from Michigan.

Would there be any old employee records going back that far still in existence? If so where might they be? ...

—Pamela Meeds

Friday, January 17, 2014

African American workers on the first transcontinental railroad

From: "Samuel Lilley" sjl8665@gmail.com

African Americans were a small portion of the workforce. I was just wondering why. When they spent money to import Chinese people?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Event announcement

Noon, Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Auburn/Placer Public Library, Auburn, California. Open to all.

From: "G J Chris Graves" caliron@att.net

A quick reminder that Bill George and I will expose some odd but factual items regarding the Central Pacific Rail Road of California, including but not limited to:

1. Theodore D. Judah's land speculations

2. Dis-incorporation of the City of Auburn due to railroad speculations

3. Why Rocklin had the roundhouse, not Roseville

4. Strobridge and Chinese workers

5. Samuel Whitmarsh, (station agent, Auburn, Calif. Stagecoach Co), Rattlesnake Dick Barger and the Strobridge children

6. Why nitroglycerin was used only Tunnel 6, 7, 8, and near Highway 20

7. Economics of 1865 that prompted the hiring of Chinese (Sherman Day's family shows how and why)

8. How many Chinese died, and how their graves were marked

9. If time allows, a discussion of Eadweard Muybridge and the murder of Harry Larkyns.

Bill and I hope to see you there. We will not discuss the Auburn Journal of Sept., 15, 2002, Section 2 page 4 unless asked to.

—G J Chris Graves, Newcastle, AltaCal'a

"Western property rights case pits landowners, government"

"Western property rights case pits landowners, government" by Richard Wolf, © USA TODAY, January 14, 2014. (News Article)

"An 1875 congressional law and a 1942 court decision don't answer whether the government or private landowners have first dibs on former railroad property ... The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with ... What did Congress intend ... when it passed the General Railroad Right of Way Act of 1875 to give rail lines access to public lands? Now that most of the railroads are out of business and much of the land has been sold, who gets the rail beds -- the government or private landowners? ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Monday, January 13, 2014

Location of culverts

From: "Gerold Herrick" geroldherrick@hotmail.com, gfh502@iowatelecom.net

Where can I find a list and locations of culverts and tiles under the Union Pacific Railroad in Grand Junction, Iowa?

—Gerold Herrick, Mayor of Grand Junction, Iowa

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

CPRR Discussion Group

Welcome to the CPRR Discussion Group at the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.

See HOW TO POST to the CPRR Discussion Group.

© 2014 CPRR.org. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the User Agreement which permits personal use web viewing only; no copying; arbitration; no warranty. Only send content intended for publication. Links are not merchant endorsements – caveat emptor. If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.

CPRR Museum Category Tags:

,
, ,
,
, , ,


@CPRR #CPRR





Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum.
Copyright © 2014, CPRR.org

Saturday, December 28, 2013

CP-UP Junction Promontory to Ogden

From: "Kyle Wyatt" kylekwyatt@gmail.com

I am trying to pin down just when the interchange between the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific moved from Promontory to Ogden. The schedule from December 2, 1869 seems pretty clearly to show the junction at Promontory. By December 29 it looks more confused, with part of the schedule indicated Ogden, and sleeping cars listing Promontory. Other indications suggest the transition date may have been Jan 1, 1870.

Does anyone have any articles form more local papers, such as Ogden or Salt Lake City?

—Kyle


CP timetable - still Promontory - California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, Volume 32, Number 19, 2 December 1869


1869-12-29 CP, SF&SJ, CalP Timetables; still Promontory - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 7222, 29 December 1869


Central Pacific fares via Ogden, effective Jan 1, 1870 - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 7224, 31 December 1869


Daily Alta California, Volume XXII, Number 7226, 2 January 1870 - Page 6 Advertisements Column 7

California Pacific Railroad

From: kawich@aol.com

I am interested in the California Pacific Railroad’s role as one of the earliest links and the quickest connection to San Francisco for transcontinental passengers from the Central Pacific in Sacramento during the early years (ca.1869-1872). Research has found that the Cal.P.RR transported passengers from Sacramento to Vallejo via rail; then on the passenger ferry New World to San Francisco.

The steamer New World has a long and interesting history. Early advertisements (notably, in the Daily Alta California 1855-1865) show this steamer as being owned by the California Steam Navigation Company. Prior to this she made the voyage around Cape Horn from New York to San Francisco after being taken illegally by Captain Wakeman (the New World had been seized by the sheriff in New York due to a creditor’s lien) and at one point during the trip she evaded a British ship attempting to capture her.

An ad in the March 20, 1869 Daily Alta California announces the New World and the Cal.P. schedule from Sacramento to San Francisco (and other points).

Also of interest here was the purchase of the California Steam Navigation Company by the Cal.P. in 1871 and the acquisition of the Cal.P. by the Central Pacific that same year.

Was the New World the only steamer operated between Vallejo and S.F. and was she owned by the Cal.P or leased from the California Steam Navigation Company prior to 1871?

The contractor’s name who built the Cal.P. from Vallejo to Sacramento, DeWitt C. Haskin, appears at the bottom of the advertisements for the Cal.P. but no title is associated with his name.

What official position(s) did Haskin hold with the California Pacific? He was honored by having a Cal.P. Mason locomotive named after him.

Information regarding the steamer “New World” and D.C.Haskin’s involvement with the Cal.P. is appreciated.

—Dan Getts



New World sold to San Francisco by Oregon Steam Navigation - Daily Alta California, Volume XX, Number 6717, 6 August 1868.


New World acquired for Valleyo route - Daily Alta California, Volume XX, Number 6729, 18 August 1868.


Purchased from Oregon Steam Navigation for Vallejo route - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 35, Number 5427, 18 August 1868.


Oregon Steam Navigation, being rebuilt for Vallejo route - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 35, Number 5427, 18 August 1868.


Navigation injunction against New world operation overturned - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5466, 2 October 1868.


New boilers in New World - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5533, 19 December 1868.


Pacific steamer New World being rebuilt for Vallejo service - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5549, 8 January 1869.


Steamer New World Overhaulled - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6879, 18 January 1869.


Steamer New World Test Trip - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6883, 22 January 1869.


New World Broke Shaft - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5573, 5 February 1869.


World broke shaft; Washoe substitute for California Pacific - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6897, 5 February 1869.


New World broke shaft; Washoe substitute - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5574, 6 February 1869.


California Pacific steamer New World returned to service - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5602, 11 March 1869.


No racing for New World - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5603, 12 March 1869.


Bids for Newspaper concession on New World and CalP Trains - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 37, Number 5613, 24 March 1869.


New CalP boat to replace New World being built in New York - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 37, Number 5683, 14 June 1869.


CP acquisition of CalP, Crockers sell - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7819, 19 August 1871.


CP and Cal P Combined - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7830, 1 September 1871.


Calif Steam Nav sold to Calif Pacific - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 41, Number 7140, 1 April 1871.


Calif Pacific buys Calif Steam Navigation boats - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7692, 14 April 1871.


Daily Alta California, Vol 23, Number 7693, 15 April 1871 - Sale of a Railroad.


Calif Steam Navigation sold to Calif Pacific - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 41, Number 7175, 12 May 1871.


CenPac purchased CalP, inc Calif Steam Nav and SF&NP - Pacific Rural Press, Volume 2, Number 6, 12 August 1871.

Newspaper articles courtesy of Kyle K. Wyatt.
(see comment below)