Saturday, July 25, 2020

Search boxes not working (+workaround)

The search boxes on the CPRR.org website, unfortunately, have stopped working, falsely reporting "No results found"

This is a search engine bug related to the search being of both the CPRR Museum website (at CPRR.org) and the CPRR discussion group (at discussion.cprr.net).

For example if you search for "railroad" the search box generates the following search, using a comma:
"railroad site:CPRR.org,discussion.cprr.net"
which no longer works.

WORKAROUND:
To correct the search, so that it correctly returns results, all you have to do is to change the search to:
"railroad site:CPRR.org OR site:discussion.cprr.net"
(instead of using a comma and without the quotes) and resubmit the search.


Of course, instead of railroad, use the search term(s) that you actually want to find.

What's really weird is that this new bug affects multiple search engines: DuckDuckGo, Google, and Bing.
Has the syntax for multiple site searches changed? If so, why haven't the search engines updated their handling of site search boxes so that searches will still work?

Can anyone explain what is going on, or have a better workaround???

Can anyone suggest how to modify the webpage code URL that DuckDuckGo generates for the sitesearch box,
https://duckduckgo.com/search.html?site=CPRR.org,discussion.cprr.net&prefill=Search CPRR Museum
so that it generates the correct "OR site:" syntax, instead of the broken "," syntax?

Friday, June 19, 2020

Search for a citation - "discover, open up, and make accessible the American West"

From: "Ron Tyler" rontyler@utexas.edu

I have read your article, Eastward to Promontory, on the CPRR web page, and a quotation caught my eye that has turned up in some other sources as well, such as the web page of CSU-Northridge. I have been trying to locate the phrase — "discover, open up, and make accessible the American West." — and cannot find it in the introduction to the volume you are discussing in your essay. I have read much of the article and searched on two different scans of that volume (volume one) with no luck. At least two sources credit Frank Schubert, Vanguard of Expansion, but I cannot find it in his book either. If you could please tell me where you found the quote I would be most grateful. I am working on a book and would also like to use it. ...

—Ron Tyler, Retired Professor
Museum Director. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Western Art, Western History: Collected Essays
The Art of Texas: 250 Years

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Gasconade Bridge Disaster: The Immediate Aftermath"

"Gasconade Bridge Disaster: The Immediate Aftermath Nov. 1, 1855 - Nov. 5, 1855" by Ray Ham, © Hermann Advertiser Courier, June 16, 2020. (Newspaper Article)

"While commendable actions occurred in the aftermath of the Gasconade Bridge Disaster, there was also the reprehensible. In the weeks following this tragic event, newspapers reported stories of a dark nature. ... " [More]

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Novel 'Barons' by J.E. Dyer

From: "Joshua Dyer" drumjedi76@gmail.com

I have an historical fiction novel, Barons, that follows the Associates and the construction of the First transcontinental railroad. ... It's currently available in ebook and paperback formats with an audiobook in production. ...

—Joshua (J. E.) Dyer

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Want Eder, California info & photo

From: "Thomas Viano" tviano@yahoo.com

... I'm trying to locate information on Eder, [California] located above Donner Lake between Andover and the Summit Tunnel.

I'm writing a short article. I'm trying to find out what was there and if there are any photos of it. I haven't found any, but I've only been able to look at internet sites. ...

—Thomas Viano

How did the railroad companies acquire the rights of way?

From: "Thomas Walsh" walsh405@sbcglobal.net

How did the railroad companies acquire the rights of way for their trackage? Eminent Domain? Government program? Did they survey and record their rights of way?

—Tom Walsh

Traveling from San Francisco to New York City

From: "Alexander Duncan" alexdevinduncan@msn.com

I am writing a short story. The lead character in my story is a young man who is traveling with his uncle from San Francisco to New York City.

What would this trip look like?

Is it a direct trip? If not -- what stops are made along the way?

How long did the trip take?

What did it cost? My characters are wealthy and traveled first class. ...

—Alex

Monday, March 30, 2020

"CHASE & BACHELDER'S AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART" Poster

"Beautiful Allegory of Western Expansion"

" ... [American Expansion]: CHASE & BACHELDER'S AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART. Nottingham, England: Stafford & Co., [n.d., but ca. 1880s]. Color woodblock poster, approximately 37 x 27 inches. ... image of westward expansion as a metaphor for inexorable American progress. The print is based on an 1872 painting by John Gast, called American Progress. Gast created the painting at the commission of the western travel guide publisher, George Crofutt, who produced a chromolithographic print of Gast's painting for subscribers to his guidebooks. This poster was likely created from Crofutt's print. The lower two-thirds of the poster consists of the allegorical scene, dominated by a lady liberty figure soaring above an expansive western landscape. Wearing flowing robes and with the star of American empire in her hair, she flies westward, holding a schoolbook in her right hand and stringing a telegraph wire with her left. A glowing sun rises in the east above a city along a river, and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains are seen in the background. Along the Plains below her we are shown wagon trains moving westward (leaving cities behind but bringing civilization with them), railroad lines, buffalo herds, retreating Indians, prospectors, hunters, a farmer with a plow, and western animals. The reason for the creation of this print is somewhat mysterious. It is undated, and was printed in Nottingham, England, publicizing an enterprise called Chase & Bachelder's American Museum of Art, which may not have actually existed. OCLC locates only a single copy of this print, at the Autry Museum. There is also a copy at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth. ... "

"OCLC 77662600. Patricia Hills, Picturing Progress in the Era of Westward Expansion in William H. Truettner (editor), The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920, pp.134-36, 354. Brian W. Dippie, The Moving Finger Writes: Western Art and the Dynamics of Change in Jules David Prown, et al, Discovered Lands Invented Pasts: Transforming Visions of the American West, pp.96-97. ... "

CHASE & BACHELDER'S AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART
CHASE & BACHELDER'S AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART
Courtesy William Reese Company
409 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 789-8081, amorder@reeseco.com
.

From their Catalogue #367, 'Broadsides & Broadsheets.'
© William Reese Company, 2020.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

"At the Throttle: Does anybody really know what time it is?"

"At the Throttle: Does anybody really know what time it is?" by Mark Bassett, © The Ely Times, March 6, 2020. (Article)

" ... with no time standards in place, the time the last spike was driven was reported in accordance with local time across the country: 12:45 p.m. at Promontory, 12:30 p.m. in Virginia City, both 11:44 and 11:46 a.m. in San Francisco, and 2:47 p.m. in Washington D.C. ... " [More]

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Oxen

From: "Barb Weismann" barbgal@drizzle.com

... Do you have any photos of oxen being used on either end of the Transcontinental railroad? There are very few references, yet Laura Ingalls Wilder painted a picture of them [Ox] being used extensively, if I remember right, in the Silver Creek book. I have not gone back to search this book and they say she never saw this in person. I research the Alta California cattle industry. Thousands of oxen were used up to 1849 for traction. ...

—Barb Weismann

Friday, February 07, 2020

Movie memorabilia? - from Cecil B. Demille's Paramount Picture, 'Union Pacific'

From: "Brenda Williams" b.aberly@icloud.com

I inherited the below picture that is mounted on a thick cardboard. It is a Cecil B. Demille's Union Pacific picture of Driving the Golden Spike, but not one that would have been to advertise at movie theaters. I don't think. I would like to know more about it. ... it measures about 18" high x 23" wide. ... I've been very interested in your site. Good job! Very interesting. Thank you. I'm going to send a connection to the site to my daughter and daughter in law who both do home school and one of my grandchildren is doing a joint enrollment in American history, so she will find it interesting. And this picture has been sitting around our house since I got it on 2008. Fun. ...

—Brenda Williams



THE DRIVING OF THE GOLDEN SPIKE MAY 10, 1869, COMPLETED THE RAILROAD THAT HELPED TO UNIFY AMERICA. (FROM CECIL B. DEMILLE'S PARAMOUNT PICTURE, 'UNION PACIFIC')
THE DRIVING OF THE GOLDEN SPIKE MAY 10, 1869, COMPLETED THE RAILROAD THAT HELPED TO UNIFY AMERICA.
(FROM CECIL B. DEMILLE'S PARAMOUNT PICTURE, "UNION PACIFIC")

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Helen Hunt Jackson and how she caused the first tourism boom to California

Helen Hunt Jackson and how she caused the first tourism boom to California.

The television program Great American Railroad Journeys, in the Monterey to Los Angeles episode, explains who travel writer, Helen Hunt Jackson was and how she caused the first tourism boom to California.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

CSRM Completion Grotto with the Model of the Jupiter

From: "Arthur Fluter" art.fluter@gmail.com

In the [California State Railroad] Museum, just past Gov Stanford, on the far site of the grotto, the display is of a tunnel portal with the date of "1910" on the keystone.

What is the significance of this date?

One Docent said it was the start of Harriman era for the SP but doesn't seem relevant to me.

The tunnel list I could find is missing many completion dates. It looks like tunnel numbers in the high tens or low candidates but I can't tell.

Anyone know the significance of a 1910 tunnel portal? ...

—Art Fluter

Sunday, January 26, 2020

"Following the Footsteps of the Central Pacific Surveyors"

"Following the Footsteps of the Central Pacific Surveyors" by C. Barton Crattie, LS, CFS, CFM, © American Surveyor (Spatial Media, LLC), 1/25/2020. (Article)

"The Survey—it was a charmed life for the time
Anna Ferona Pierce Judah penned these words in a recollection of her husband, Theodore Dehone Judah, some 26 years after his death. ... Don’t forget Ted Judah and Abe Lincoln were both surveyors. ... " [More]

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"From T.D. Judah’s Practical Plan
(January, 1857) (edited)
"

The engineer in charge of the survey goes over the country upon which it is proposed to construct a line, and carefully examines the ground with reference to the proposed location. He notes its character, water-courses, ravines, undulations of the ground, crossing points for rivers and decides the general course of the line. This done, he organizes a party, composed of what is usually termed a transit and leveling party.

The business of the transit party is to run a line over the route indicated, measuring distances with a chain, and taking courses or direction of the line by compass or goneometer (a transit with two telescopes mounted above one and the other on the same axis to enable measuring the angle twice for a check), leaving stakes every one hundred feet ... as guides for the leveling party. The results are put on paper and gives ... a correct representation of the line, showing curves, tangents, the crossing of roads, rivers, farms, townships, names of land owners and all points of interest along the line.

The leveling party follows the transit party, and runs, with the utmost accuracy, a line of levels, touching upon each stake, taking observations of the undulation of the ground. ... This plotted gives what is called a profile ...

A topographer is also furnished, whose business will be to sketch topography, taking notes of every feature presenting itself.

Another leveling party is provided for the purpose of running a test level. The consequences of an error ... on so long a line of surveys would be so annoying ...

... the Engineer ... knows that ... this will be over level, open country, offering no obstacles, and that an ordinary party, on preliminary surveys, will make three miles per day without difficulty ...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Salt Lake Division Bridge Inspection Books

From: "Michael Polk" Mpolk130@gmail.com, outlook_4960E8EAC0C346A2@outlook.com

I am an archaeologist who has been doing archaeology and historical research on the Promontory Branch of the Central Pacific for 30 years. The bridge inspection books for the Salt Lake Division are one source that is exceedingly useful, but my search for them has been limited. I found one 1920 book at a warehouse of the UP in Omaha in 1998 and was told that the remainder resided at two small warehouses, one in Mountain View, California, known as “File Safe” and another in San Francisco. This was during the time that UP was consolidating SP into their system, so I have no idea if they are still there or moved to Omaha or elsewhere and how I might access them.

Does anyone here know where the bulk of the Salt Lake Division Bridge Inspection Books may reside now? I would really appreciate any suggestions. ...

—Mike Polk

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Location of Anna Judah’s paintings?

From: "Arthur Fluter" art.fluter@gmail.com

In the books describing Theodore Judah’s route research, mention is made that Anna Judah painted landscapes to help describe the route. I think some of the paintings were exhibited in Judah’s office in Washington DC.

Is there a collection of her paintings or at least some included in the reports and publications here?

It seems like Anna’s contribution to the transcontinental Railroad are long overdue for acknowledgement and praise.

—Art Fluter, CSRM Docent, Class 66

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"A Railroad to the Pacific." Nantucket, The Inquirer, 1849

The Inquirer, Nantucket, Massachusetts, May 30, 1849 [Newspaper]

A RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC — the acquisition of California, the discovery of gold there in almost unprecedented abundance, the consequent rush of emigration to the valley of the Sacramento, and the certainty that within a very short time the American possessions on the Pacific will be the home of a large, active and thriving population, have drawn the attention of the people of the whole country, to the subject of a connection by railroad of the Atlantic States with the shores of the Pacific. It is felt and admitted, that if California and Oregon are to continue parts of the Union, it is not only desirable, but vitally important, that some generally practicable way of getting there should be provided, other than that round Cape Horn, or across the Isthmus through the territory of another government.

The construction of a road from some point or in the neighborhood of the Mississippi to the Pacific, would necessarily be a work of time. Before it could be located, extensive surveys would have to be made, to determine the most eligible route; and the progress of the work, both of surveying and building, through the heart of an entire wilderness, would necessarily be slow. The cost, too, would be very great. We have, to be sure, seen it estimated—from Lake Michigan to the Pacific—at only $60,000,000; but this can be little better then guess-work—the road might cost twice that sum. But let the time and money needed for the completion of the work be ever so great, the road has got to be built; and the sooner it has begun, the sooner it will be finished.

Mr. Benton, in a late letter to the committee of the citizens of St. Louis, speaking of "this American road to India," says—"Forward is the word! Let the thing be done, and done quickly!" "All is ready. The knowledge is acquired; the means are at hand; the spirit of the people is up. All that is lacking is the action of the government; and that, as always, needs stimulating. It is of the nature of our government that it should follow the lead, or wait the stimulus of the people. It is of the nature of our government that it should follow the lead, or wait the stimulus of the people. In this case the people have been leading long enough. They have literally led the government, and that through the wilderness to Oregon and California; it is time now that the government should give them a road to the empire which they have added to the republic. The central highway is the grand national object, and the first month of the next session of Congress is the time to try the question of its location and construction. So far as my efforts can go this question shall then be decided; but to enable me to work with hope and heart, I must have health and backing; I must be seconded by the movement and backed by the ‘Power of the people" "The massive of rock is not split nor the royal oak felled by one lick. Still less is Congress moved by one voice. To gain attention for the central highway there, the central continent must send forth its voice from all its recesses, from the borders of Missouri to the shores of the Atlantic."

Courtesy of Stephen A. Goldman Historical Newspapers.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

"No first-person memoirs of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century California are known to survive." -Library of Congress

"No first-person memoirs of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century California are known to survive."
Library of Congress



From: "John Shubert" john@jspe.net
Subject: Gold Mountain Chinese Workers 金山中国铁路工人

You have a wonderful site and I commend your work!

However, I was dumfounded by these quotes:
1. “Alas (and strangely), the events were not recorded by the Chinese at the time, so the details and their perspective consequently are likely long since lost to history
2. “It's too bad that there are no known writings by Chinese memorializing their experiences in building the Central Pacific Railroad.

May I courteously say: Someone has clearly overlooked that any number of worker’s memories exist in the Chinese language. It’s an elementary mistake to say “none of them wrote a book in English we can read”.

The careful researcher (or historian) would say “the reason we don’t have first-person accounts from Chinese workers is because we haven’t researched original Chinese sources that exist in China”.

These workers surely told everyone back home (in China) and elsewhere (in the USA) about their experiences in their own language: Chinese. A few minutes of research using Google translate confirms there is a whole other world out there of Chinese knowledge about the ‘Gold Mountain Chinese railroad workers’ 金山中国铁路工人‘Jīnshān zhōngguó tiělù gōngrén’.

For instance, this 20min video contains information and some pictures which may surprise you. ...

John Shubert PE, Lake Forest, CA

Photographs of Leland Stanford with railroads

From: "Marc Shaffer" marcashaffer@comcast.net

... I'm making a documentary film on Eadweard Muybridge. I’m wondering ... have you ever encountered a photograph of Leland Stanford with railroads? The only image I've seen is the painting of the last spike.

If you’re interested in keeping up with our film – please visit the website from time to time and check the news tab – www.muybridgethemovie.com. Spread the word.

It's a film about Muybridge and his time – and so of course there’s some discussion of the emergence of steam trains along with other world-changing technologies (including the camera).

Marc Shaffer
Director, Exposing Muybridge




Kyle Wyatt comment attachments:

356 – The Last Rail is Laid – Scene at Promontory Point, May 10th, 1869 – Stanford
356 – The Last Rail is Laid – Scene at Promontory Point, May 10th, 1869 – Stanford

356 Last rail, last tie – Spikes and Hammers marked
356 Last rail, last tie – Spikes and Hammers marked

Monday, October 21, 2019

Central Pacific Railway Uniform?

From: "WILLIAM JONAS" willhjonas@gmail.com

Could you help me determine the age and use of this uniform. The buttons were made by C.A. Brophy of Aurora, Illinois. The coat by Nelson & Berglund (cannot find reference for this maker – most of tag is torn off). The Custom Tailors union tag indicates 1883 or later. Almost identical Custom Tailor tag found on Internet had 1916 date on makers label.

It seems the collar is most unusual. The coat has fixtures for a badge.

Purchased in Arizona thrift store, no provenance.

Is it a 1900 +/-15 years CP railroad police uniform?

Is the collar original or a later embellishment?

Looks very Navy/Marine like ... Maybe Great War era???

The collar sewing looks original but very uncomfortable ... may explain why the collar hooks are quite worn. ...


Central Pacific Railway Uniform?

Central Pacific Railway Uniform?

Central Pacific Railway Uniform?

Monday, September 09, 2019

"10 Ways the Transcontinental Railroad Changed America"

"10 Ways the Transcontinental Railroad Changed America" by Patrick J. Kiger, © history.com, September 4, 2019. (History Stories)

" ... 1. It made the Western U.S. more important.
2. It made commerce possible on a vast scale.
3. It made travel more affordable.
4. It changed where Americans lived.
5. It altered Americans’ concept of reality.
6. It helped create the Victorian version of Amazon.
7. It took a heavy toll on the environment.
8. It increased racial conflicts.
9. It pioneered government-financed capitalism.
10. It instilled national confidence. ... " [More]

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Exhibition: "Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad"

"Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad" Smithsonian. (Exhibition)

"National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. May 10, 2019 – Spring 2020." [More]

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Transcontinental Railroad Commemorative U.S. Stamps

You can now purchase online the Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary Commemorative U.S. "forever" Stamps from the United States Post Office.

There are three stamps in the series, one showing the CPRR Jupiter locomotive, another showing the UPRR 119 locomotive, and a golden spike stamp.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Western Americana ... RAILROADS - 1875 AND BEFORE

From: "Buckingham Books" sales@buckinghambooks.com

... Listed below are items on RAILROADS - 1875 and BEFORE from our collection. ...

4. DAVIS, JEFFERSON [SECRETARY OF WAR]. REPORTS OF EXPLORATIONS AND SURVEYS, TO ASCERTAIN THE MOST PRACTICABLE AND ECONOMICAL ROUTE FOR A RAILROAD FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. MADE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, IN 1853-4, ACCORDING TO ACTS OF CONGRESS OF MARCH 3, 1853, MAY 31, 1854, AND AUGUST 5, 1854. Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, Printer, 1855 - 1861. ... Howes P3 says, "... it was the best cartographical work on the West up to its time and some copies were colored." Wagner/Camp says, "Despite their flaws, these volumes contain a monumental collection of scientific information, geographical, zoological, botanical, geological, of the still mysterious American West. Upon first examination, the volumes seem forbiddingly disorganized; reports clearly were printed as they were received; there is no overall system or arrangement, nor are there general indices to the volumes, and, as Camp has pointed out, there is the usual duplication of printing and lithography by both houses of Congress. However, these faults are amply compensated by the richness of the material within." ... $15000.00 (26611)
HOWES P3. WAGNER/CAMP 262-267. WHEAT 822, 823, 936. MOFFAT 35, 36, 49.

7. WHITNEY, A. MEMORIAL OF A. WHITNEY, PRAYING A GRANT OF PUBLIC LAND TO ENABLE HIM TO CONSTRUCT A RAILROAD FROM LAKE MICHIGAN TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Washington: Ritchie & Heiss, Printers, 1846. First edition. 8vo. Senate document 161, 29th Congress, 1st Session, February 24, 1846. ... 10 pp., large folding map of the proposal at the rear. Whitney is requesting a grant of land sixty miles in width from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean,"to be held and set apart expressly to furnish, by sale and settlement, means to construct a railroad to communicate with the two points; and after the full and perfect completion of said work, should there be any lands remaining, your memorialist asked them for himself, his heirs, and assigns, as a reward for the work." The folding map is a map of the United States that shows railroads finished, railroads unfinished, and proposed railroads. Asa Whitney (1797-1872) was in the mercantile business in New York City and "recognized the necessity of a railroad to the Pacific, and was the first to suggest its feasibility, and from 1846 till 1850 urged it upon congress, the legislature of several states, and the public, by personal influence and his writings. He was finally instrumental in securing appropriations in 1853 for the first surveys of the northern, southern, and middle routes, and lived to see communication opened from sea to sea in 1869." ... Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. ... $595.00 (35788)

20. DEGRAND, P. P. F. PROCEEDINGS OF THE FRIENDS OF A RAIL-ROAD TO SAN FRANCISCO, AT THEIR PUBLIC MEETING, HELD AT THE U. S. HOTEL, IN BOSTON, APRIL 19, 1849. INCLUDING AN ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE U. STATES; SHOWING THAT, P. P. F. DEGRAND'S PLAN IS THE ONLY ONE, AS YET PROPOSED, WHICH WILL SECURE PROMPTLY AND CERTAINLY, AND BY A SINGLE ACT OF LEGISLATION, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RAIL-ROAD TO CALIFORNIA, IN THE SHORTEST TIME ALLOWED BY ITS PHYSICAL OBSTACLES. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, Printers, 1849. Second edition. 8vo. ... 24 pp. P. P. F. Degrand puts forth a convincing proposal for a transcontinental railroad that would travel between St. Louis and San Francisco. He offers comparisons to travel by sea route versus a transcontinental railroad and the amount of dollars realized by traveling by rail. He expresses that the route can be built in five years and the resultant prosperity to all will be tremendous. A convincing proposal and one of the earliest for a transcontinental railroad. ... $1,250.00 (44034)
COWAN p. 183. EBERSTADT 114: 641, 123: 51, 134: 550.

22. LAND DEPARTMENT, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY. GUIDE TO THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD LANDS. 12,000,000 ACRES. BEST FARMING AND MINERAL LANDS IN AMERICA, FOR SALE BY THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY, IN TRACTS TO SUIT PURCHASERS AND AT LOW PRICES. Omaha: Land Department Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1870. First edition. 8vo. 8 3/4" X 5 3/4" printed wrappers with map on back cover, 44 pp., introduction, illustrated, maps. The rear cover features a map of portions of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. States where land grant bonds are available from the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The frontispiece is a map of the United States that shows the Union Pacific Railroad and its connections. A third map shows counties in Nebraska in 1870, and the Union Pacific Railroad lands, first 200 miles, grants of 1862-64. A description of the Nebraska lands are provided county by county. The available lands are contained in alternate sections of one square mile each, within a breadth of twenty miles on either side of the railroad and extend along the entire line. They extend through central Nebraska, southern Wyoming, and northern Colorado and Utah, and include within their limits the splendid agricultural lands of the Platte Valley, the great natural pastures of the Laramie Plains and the valleys of Lodge Pole Creek and Bear River, and the rich iron and coal fields between the Black Hills and the Wahsatch Mountains. Description, advantages, water resources, climate, soil, live stock raising, farming, markets, timber, minerals, information about homesteads, advantages of living in colonies, etc. Both Adams' Herd and Graff list similar titles but different years and claim their listings to be "rare." ... $2,250.00 (44035) ...

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

"150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad kicks off in Truckee"

"150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad kicks off in Truckee" by Hannah Jones, © sierrasun.com, May 17, 2019. (News Article)

"A summer-long celebration of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, along with a soft opening of a new Truckee History Railroad Museum at the Truckee Train Depot. 'Visitors to this museum will have a new appreciation for Truckee, the people who lived here, and a newfound pride in this delightful and extraordinary community,' said Katie Holley, president of the Truckee Donner Historical Society. ... " [More]

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

"Old Sacramento Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of The Transcontinental Railroad"

"Old Sacramento Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of The Transcontinental Railroad." © CBS Sacramento 13, May 8, 2019. (News Video)

"We talk with the great great great great nephew of Theodore Judah, the engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad." [More]

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"Historic telegrams tell the story of how the Transcontinental Railroad ushered in new era"

"Historic telegrams tell the story of how the Transcontinental Railroad ushered in new era" by The Associated Press, © The Salt Lake Tribune, May 9, 2019. (Article)

" ... The Baltimore Sun, relying on telegraphed dispatches by other cities and The Associated Press, published the following article on the event and how it was celebrated across the U.S. It first appeared on May 11, 1869. The AP is reprinting it in honor of the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary.
... The AP Corporate Archives contributed to this report." [More]

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Completion of the Pacific Railroad

Official Announcement — Telegraphing the Hammer Strokes — Rejoicing and Congratulation — Ringing of Bells and Other Demonstrations.

Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, noon. — To the Associated Press: The last rail is laid. The last spike is driven. The Pacific railroad is completed. The point of junction is 1,086 miles west of the Missouri river, and 690 miles east of Sacramento.

LELAND STANFORD, Central Pacific Railroad

T.C. DURANT, SIDNEY DILLON, JOHN DUFF, Union Pacific Railroad
The news received in New York



New York, May 10. — The last spike in the Pacific railroad was driven today at five minutes past 3 o’clock P.M., New York time. San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Plaister Cove, the end of the cable, were connected with Promontory Point by telegraph, and the hammer strokes on the last spike were duly transmitted according to arrangement.

When the news was received in New York a hundred guns were fired in the City Hall Park, and Mayor Hall forwarded a congratulatory message to the Mayor of San Francisco. A commemorative celebration had previously been held in Trinity Church, at which a telegram forwarded by the Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber in San Francisco was read, and an address delivered by Rev. Dr. Vinton.

After prayer and reading of portions of the Episcopal service, the organ pealed and chimes rung as the large congregation left the church. Flags on the city hall and on many public and private buildings were displayed all day in honor of the great event.



Free trade and the Pacific Railroad

A meeting of the American Free Trade League of New York was held at Cooper Institute tonight at which many of the prominent members of the organization were present. David Dudley Field called the assemblage to order, and Howard Potter presided. Addresses were delivered by William Cullen Bryant and Edward Atkinson, and the following resolution was adopted:

"Resolved, That in the opening of the great Pacific railroad today, connecting New York and San Francisco, we recognize a pledge, not only for one country, one constitution and one destiny, but with a due regard to the revenue, for the freest sort of trade with all countries and all continents."
Ringing the bells in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, May 10. — At 2:30 o'clock P.M. precisely, Philadelphia time, the news was received of the driving of the last spike of the Pacific railroad. Word was sent to the mayor, and in a few minutes the bells in Independence Hall and the various fire stations were rung, drawing crowds into the streets under the impression that a general alarm of fire was being rung. The people soon ascertained the reason of the ringing of the bells, and flags were immediately displayed everywhere. A large number of steam fire engines ranged in front of Independence Hall with screaming whistles and hose carriage bells ringing. Joy was expressed in every face at the completion of this great work of country. The sudden flocking of the people to the State House reminded one of the reception of the news of the surrender of Lee's army, when a similar scene was enacted.


The Rejoicing at Chicago

Chicago, May 10. — The celebration of the completion of the great inter-ocean railroad connection today was the most successful affair of the kind that ever took place in Chicago, and probably in the West. It is entirely impromptu, and therefore almost every man, woman and child in the city did their part toward making it a success. The procession was unique in appearance and immense in length, the lowest estimate putting it down at seven miles. During the moving of the procession, Vice President Colfax received the following dispatch:

"Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10. — Hon. Schuyler Colfax, Vice President: The rails were connected today. The prophecy of Benton is today a fact. This is the way to India.

"G.M. DODGE,

"JOHN DUFF,

"SIDNEY DILLON,

"T.C. DURANT."


This evening Vice President Colfax, Lieut. Governor Bross and others addressed large audiences at Liberty Hall, in which they spoke eloquently of the great era which this day marks in the history of our country. During the evening there was general indulgence in fireworks, bonfires, illumination, &c.
The celebration elsewhere

There was great rejoicing over the event at Scranton, Pennsylvania, where cannon, bells and whistles of locomotives were employed to give eclat to the occasion.

In Buffalo, New York, a large gong was attached to the telegraph wire, and at 2:41 P.M. by the time of that city began to ring out the hammer strokes. The crowd sung the Star-Spangled Banner, and jubilee speeches were made by the orators.

Omaha dispatches say that telegrams from Echo City report that the troubles of the railroad laborers near Piedmont were amicably settled.

"150 years of railroad snow removal in the Sierra"

"150 years of railroad snow removal in the Sierra" by Jerry Blackwill , © Sierra Sun, May 9, 2019. (News Article)

" ... The first surveyors of the transcontinental railroad thought the snows could be handled with the equipment of the day. They planned to use 'Bucker' snowplows almost 20-feet tall pushed by six to nine wood-burning locomotives. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"150 Years Ago, America Was United By Train"

"150 Years Ago, America Was United By Train: Railroads were America's first big business and still help to build U.S. industry" by Thomas Black
and Marisa Gertz , © bloomberg.com, May 9, 2019.
(Article)

" ... Railroads were the nation’s first big business, spawning fortunes for entrepreneurs including Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould and spurring financial markets. J. Pierpont Morgan, a major financier and railroad shareholder, helped bring stability to an industry plagued by overcapacity and price wars. The most famous agreement, the 'Corsair Compact,' was named for Morgan’s yacht after the banker invited Vanderbilt and Gould aboard in July 1885 and insisted on sailing until the two feuding magnates struck a deal. The result -- which eventually led to price fixing and sharing customers -- triggered a Congressional crackdown, including passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Building the Transcontinental Railroad: How 20,000 Chinese Immigrants Made It Happen"

"Building the Transcontinental Railroad: How 20,000 Chinese Immigrants Made It Happen" by Lesley Kennedy, © history.com, May 10, 2019. (News Article)

" ... At first railroad companies were reluctant to hire Chinese workers, but the immigrants soon proved to be vital. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

CPRR subsidy bonds, 1887

"Thousands gather to reclaim Chinese railroad workers' place in history"

"Thousands gather to reclaim Chinese railroad workers' place in history" by Chris Fuchs, © nbcnews.com, May 10, 2019. (News Article)

" ... Friday’s commemoration, which officials said drew an estimated 20,000, contrasted from the one held in Promontory in 1969 for the 100th anniversary celebration, when nothing more than a 'passing mention of the Chinese' was made. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Saturday, May 11, 2019

"Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad by Sleeping in a Train Car"

"Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad by Sleeping in a Train Car" by Jennifer Billock , © smithsonian.com, May 7, 2019. (Caboose Motels)

" ... these authentic cabooses, mail cars and train cars from U.S. railways have been converted to sleeping quarters for train fanatics ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Friday, May 10, 2019

150th Anniversary of the transcontinental railroad.

150th Anniversary of the joining of the rails of the first transcontinental railroad!

May 10, 1869 - May 10, 2019

Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad joined at Promontory Summit, Utah.

Congratulations to our ancestor, Lewis Metzler Clement (the engineer in charge of CPRR construction over the Sierra Nevada mountains of California), and to all the brave pioneers, including the entrepreneurs, engineers, and workers who toiled with him to build the greatest engineering project of the 19th century, entirely with manual labor.


Promontory, Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration
Joining the Rails at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869.
Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

"Stanford scans storied Judah railroad map"

"Stanford scans storied Judah railroad map" by Kathleen Sullivan, © Stanford News, May 8, 2019. (News Article)

"Stanford Libraries has scanned an 1861 map depicting a proposed route for the railroad that eventually connected California with the rest of the country, making the one-of-a-kind map available for online viewing by people around the world. The Central Pacific Railroad Proposed Alignment Map, which is 66 feet long and 2.5 feet wide, comprises four maps on one continuous roll. Each map is titled: Barmore Station to Clipper Gap; Rattlesnake Bluffs to the summit of the Sierra Nevada; from the summit to the Truckee River; and Dutch Flat to Rattlesnake Bluffs. [The four maps are out of geographical sequence, with map 4 belonging between map 1 and map 2.] The map is often referred to simply as 'The Judah Map' after its maker, Theodore Judah (1826-1863) ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]


Also see,

"California State Archives ‘First Complete Rail Map of the Sierras’ Available Digitally, On Public Display for the First Time"

"Click here to view the digitized Theodore Judah Map on Google Arts and Culture"

Other transcontinental railroad maps

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

"Telling 'The Epic Story Of The Chinese Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad'"

"Telling 'The Epic Story Of The Chinese Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad'" by Meghna Chakrabarti, © wamu.org, May 7, 2019. (Audio interviews)


On Point, NPR Podcast

"Guests

Gordon H. Chang, author of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad. Co-director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. Professor of American history at Stanford University. Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. (@Stanford)

Lisa See, great-great granddaughter of Fong Dun Shung, who worked on the transcontinental railroad as an herbalist. Author of On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family. Participated in the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America oral history project. (@Lisa_See)" [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Building the Transcontinental Railroad: Stanford historian's book shines light on Chinese workers in California ... "

"Building the Transcontinental Railroad: Stanford historian's book shines light on Chinese workers in California ... " by Erin Baldassari, © The Mercury News, May 6, 2019. (News Article)

" ... Now, in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the completion of the historic railroad, a new book by Stanford professor Gordon H. Chang, Ghosts of Gold Mountain, takes one of the most comprehensive looks to date at Chinese railroad workers' lives during that time, pulling from extensive public and private archives, oral histories, and other sources. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Two plays put Chinese American workers center stage in Golden Spike 150 celebration

"Two plays put Chinese American workers center stage in Golden Spike 150 celebration" by Kaitlin Hoelzer, © Deseret News, May 5, 2019. (News Article)

" ... Richard Chang and David Henry Hwang, two Asian American playwrights, are now giving Utah theatergoers the chance to learn the history that they didn't learn growing up. Chang's work Citizen Wong and Hwang's play The Dance and the Railroad are being featured as part of Utah's Golden Spike 150 celebration, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Transcontinental Railroad artifacts set to display together for first time in Utah"

"Transcontinental Railroad artifacts set to display together for first time in Utah" by Hunter Geisel, © kutv.com, May 4th 2019. (News Article)

" ... For the first time, seven significant artifacts from Transcontinental Railroad will be on display together in one place as part of Utah's 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike ... From May 3 to June 24, people can go to the State Capitol's "peoples' house" to see the free exhibit that showcases the seven artifacts from the Transcontinental Railroad. In the State Capitol's Gold Room, visitors can see the Hewes Gold, Nevada and Arizona Spikes, which were the last three out of four spikes used in the completion of the railroad at Promontory Point on May 10, 1869. Visitors will also see Central Pacific Railroad's former President Leland Stanford's ceremonial mallet, which was used to drive in the spikes, an inscribed piece of the last iron rail installed at Promontory Summit and the 1862 Pacific Railway Act signed by then President Abraham Lincoln. A model 1866 Lever Action Winchester Rifle owned and used by Union Pacific Chief Engineer Grenville Dodge will also be on display. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Chinese workers’ role in US history ignored for decades, but not anymore"

"Chinese workers’ role in US history ignored for decades, but not anymore" by Carl Nolte, © San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2019. (News Article)

" ... When the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the railroad in 1969, John Volpe, transportation secretary under President Richard Nixon, gave the keynote address.

"Who else but Americans could drill 10 tunnels in mountains 30 feet deep in snow?" Volpe said. "Who else but Americans could drill through miles of solid granite? Who else but Americans could have laid 10 miles of track in 12 hours?"
As Volpe spoke, Philip Choy, then chairman of the Chinese Historical Society of America, sat in stunned silence. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"The meaning of the Transcontinental Railroad"

"The meaning of the Transcontinental Railroad" by Bill Oudegeest, © Sierra Sun, May 3, 2019. (News Article)

" ... TRIUMPHANT COMPLETION ... now that the mass of our people can stop to reflect upon the Grand results which has caused such vast rejoicings over the State within the past week, we shall all begin to see and feel the full value of our State, to Our Country, and to the World, the boundless good which has been achieved for us all by the Grand, Triumphant and Gloriously successful COMPLETION OF THE PACIFIC RAILROAD. (California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, May 13, 1869) ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad is May 10"

"Flashback Friday: 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad is May 10" by Scott Mall , © freightwaves.com, May 3, 2019. (News Article)

" ... before the transcontinental railroad was completed, a journey across the continent to the western states meant a dangerous six-month trek over rivers, deserts and mountains. Alternatively, a traveler had the option to hazard a six-week sea voyage around Cape Horn, or sail to Central America and cross the Isthmus of Panama by rail, risking exposure to any number of deadly diseases in the crossing. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Celebrating Chinese American's contribution to the Golden Spike Railroad"

"Celebrating Chinese American's contribution to the Golden Spike Railroad" by Marquee Mclain, © abc4.com, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 01, 2019. (News Article)

" ... Michael Kwan and Margaret Yee from the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association joined ABC4 at 4 p.m. to talk about how they're working to make sure their ancestors are recognized. ... The 2019 Golden Spike Conference will tell that story. The conference is bringing many of the world's leading experts to share what we know about the Chinese who lived, worked and sometimes, died while working on the Central Pacific Railroad and what happened to them after the railroad's completion. ... The event is May 8-11, 2019, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown City Creek hotel. For more information, visit www.goldenspike150.org." [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"A hike along a record-breaking 10 miles of track of the first transcontinental railroad"

"A hike along a record-breaking 10 miles of track of the first transcontinental railroad" by Agnes Constante, © nbcnews.com, May 2, 2019. (News Article)

" ... for Jack Shu’s 67th birthday, he decided he wanted to go on a 10-mile hike in northern Utah. ... On April 28, 1869, a team of Irish and Chinese immigrant workers laid down a record-breaking 10 miles and 56 feet of railroad track on America's first transcontinental railroad, which connected the country from east to west. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Nevada State Railroad Museum "Lecture details Transcontinental Railroad’s effect on average citizens"

"Lecture details Transcontinental Railroad’s effect on average citizens", © Nevada Appeal, Carson City, April 30, 2019. (News Article)

" ... events leading up to the opening of the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s new exhibit, The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference It Made.

Railroad Museum director Dan Thielen will give the lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 2180 S. Carson St. The event starts at 6 p.m. ... Thursday, May 9, 2019 ... Thielen will discuss a number of ways the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad affected everyone, including significant changes in communications, food, lifestyle and travel.

Upcoming events at the Railroad Museum include:

Rust, Splinters and Woodpeckers – The New Exhibit at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

When: 6 p.m., May 9, 2019

Where: Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

Presenter: Wendell Huffman, Curator of History, Nevada State Railroad Museum

Event description: A discussion of the new exhibit on the transcontinental railroad and the role artifacts in the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s collection played in it.

Reenactment of the laying of the Gold and Silver Spikes

When: Noon, May 10, 2019

Where: Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

Event description: A recreation of the scene at Promontory Summit when the transcontinental railroad was connected. The museum’s locomotives Inyo and Dayton will reprise their roles in the anniversary of the historic date." [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Golden Spike celebrations across Utah have taken years of preparation, planning"

"Golden Spike celebrations across Utah have taken years of preparation, planning" by ANNA BURLESON, © the Standard-Examiner, April 28, 2019. (News Article)

" ... The massive celebration scheduled for the first part of May 2019 actually began two years prior when Doug Foxley approached the governor’s office and several legislators with the aim of throwing the biggest party Utah had ever seen. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Scholar's search for Chinese railroad workers' history leads to East Coast railways"

"Scholar's search for Chinese railroad workers' history leads to East Coast railways" by Chris Fuchs, © nbcnews.com, April 26, 2019. (News Article)

" ... In the two decades following the 1869 completion of the first transcontinental railroad ... Chinese railroad workers fanned out across the country to help build, maintain and repair at least 71 other rail lines. ... said Stanford University professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who uncovered this piece of history and wrote about it in the forthcoming book, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad." [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]




The Great National Project

From: "William Reese Co." amorder@reeseco.com

Our new illustrated e-list, The Great National Project: The Development and Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad, consisting of 53 items.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Car seat, April 2, 1867 patent

From: "Dianne Reiken" diannereiken3339@gmail.com

I am looking into purchasing a flip over seat with a patent date of April 2nd 1867. Do you know if they have recast any or is this legitimate? It has a wooden seat that has been replaced a long time ago. ...

—Dianne Reiken


Flip over Rail Car Seat, 4-2-1867 patent

Flip over Rail Car Seat, 4-2-1867 patent

Flip over Rail Car Seat, 4-2-1867 patent



COMMENTS

From: "Kyle Wyatt" kylekwyatt@gmail.com

This will be a multi-part answer, to accommodate a series of images.

[Click links below to see images]
[If the long descriptive filenames interfere with viewing these 35 individually linked pictures, they are also all linked as a group in a single pdf file and also linked as a zip archive.]

Yes, all the castings appear to be legitimate and historic, not modern replicas.

The seat end castings are of the Buntin design, covered by a design patent in 1867, and reissued in 1873.

The original wooden seat (not the present seat), plus related castings, are for the Gardner perforated wooden veneer seat, also covered by a series of patents between 1872 and 1876, with the specific railroad seat version covered by an 1876 patent.

First the Buntin seat end castings. The Buntin seat design normally has a full-size casting at the isle end of the seat (at the front in the photo supplied) and a half size casting on the wall end of the seat. There are a number of Buntin seat ends with a variety of relatively minor detail differences, all covered by the design patent issued in 1867, and reissued in 1873, per attached. The present seat end casting appears consistent with other Buntin seat end castings associated with Gardner veneer seats. The present seat in the photo also appears to use two fill size isle-style seat end castings in order to make a free-standing seat. There are replica Buntin seat end casting sets available, but these seat end castings do not appear to match the details of the replica Buntin seat end castings. I know of no replica castings that are for the distinctive parts of the Gardner veneer seat version of the Buntin seats.

Next the Gardner veneer seat, specifically the version of the Gardner veneer seat that uses a single veneer seat formed for both the seat and the back, and is reversible for direction the seat faces. There are versions of Gardner veneer seats that have separate veneer pieces for the seat and the back. The Gardner Company produced numerous seats and chairs intended for use outside of a railroad car - the railroad car seat portion was only a small part of their overall line of seats and chairs. The patent for the present Gardner reversible seat is from 1876, attached. The original Gardner veneer seat is covered by a pair of patents from 1872, both of which received reissued patents extending their patent period. The single piece (seat and back combined) veneer was patented in 1873.

The following 2 comments will have photos of a surviving example of a Gardner veneer seat of single seat size, with Buntin ends, at the private Double T Agricultural Museum owned by Tony Azevedo.

—Kyle Wyatt


1879 Car Bldrs -1

Adams and Westlake 1891 p 274

Car Seat Design - Buntin 1867 D2,609 - East Boston, Mass - with drawing

Car Seat Design - Buntin 1867 D2,609 - East Boston, Mass - reissue RE5,480 1873

Seats - 1884-88 Car Bldrs Dict - 1

1878-12-12 Gardner Perforated seat - 1878 Railway Age Jan-Dec 1878 - Vol 3

Gardner veneer seats with Buntin end castings - Crerar, Adams 1886 ca catalog

Gardner Veneer Seats in 1884-88 Car Bldrs Dict - Fig 1131 & 1139

181,571 - Seat, reversible - Gardner 1876 - New York

127,044 - Seat, perforated veneer - Gardner 1872 - Glen Gardner, NJ

127,044, reissue 1876 re 7,202 - Seat, perforated veneer - Gardner 1872 - Brooklyn, NY

127,045 - Seat, perforated veneer - Gardner 1872 - Glen Gardner, NJ

127,045, reissue 1876 re 7,203 - Seat, perforated veneer - Gardner 1872 - Brooklyn, NY

127,045, reissue 1876 re 7,203, reissue 1880 re 9,094 - Seat, perforated veneer - Gardner 1872 - Westfield, NJ

139,568 - Seat & Back, perforated veneer - Gardner 1873 - Glen Gardner, NJ

181,571 - Seat, reversible - Gardner 1876 - New York



From: "Kyle Wyatt" kylekwyatt@gmail.com

Here is a set of photos of a Gardner veneer seat with Buntin ends from Tony Azevedo's private Double T Agricultural Museum taken in 2014 when it was in storage. Note this seat has a shaped wooden piece supporting the Buntin wall end castings (instead of using a second isle end casting as in the present seat example).

—Kyle


Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 1

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 3

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 4

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 5

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 6

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 7

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 8

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 9

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2014-8-24 Double T Ag Mus 10



From: "Kyle Wyatt" kylekwyatt@gmail.com

Here is a set of photos of a Gardner veneer seat with Buntin ends from Tony Azevedo's private Double T Agricultural Museum taken in 2018 after it was placed on display.

—Kyle


Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 1

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 2

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 3

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 4

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 5

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 6

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 7

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 8

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 9

Gardner Reversible Coach Seat - Tony Azevedo Coll - 2018-4-7 Double T Ag Mus 10

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CPRR Museum mentioned in Places Journal

From: "Deborah Lilley" deborah@placesjournal.org

Greetings from Places, the journal of public scholarship on the built environment.

We've published an article today that might be of interest, and mentions the CPRR Museum (and a special thank-you for Larry Mullaly).

Here's the link: https://placesjournal.org/article/cisco-trash-map/

In Cisco Trash Map, Miranda Trimmier visits the derelict town of Cisco, Utah to reconnect with an old friend and consider "what might be learned in a place littered with disassembled history."

We hope you enjoy the article and will consider passing it on.

—Deborah Lilley, PhD, Managing Editor, Places Journal

Friday, February 15, 2019

20th Anniversary, CPRR Museum Website

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

Two decades: 1999-2019

Five million visitors!

Happy 20th Anniversary.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Date tracks were laid in Carlin, Nevada?

From: "Ella Trujillo" etrujillo@cityofcarlin.com

I am trying to find out precisely when the Central Pacific Railroad laid the tracks in Carlin, Nevada. I know frequent telegraph reports of tracks laid were being sent back each day but I can't find this information anywhere. Do you know how I can find out when the tracks were laid in Carlin? ...

—Ella Trujillo, Carlin Historical Society

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Postcard of Samuel Morse's son???

From: "Gary Romele" garyromele@ymail.com

Can you tell me if this Postcard is of Samuel Morse's son from Postcard dated early 1914?

Do you have any information to verify this as Samuel Morse's son, and did he also work as a telegrapher for Southern Pacific Railroad, as the caption indicates? ...

—Gary


Postcard of Samuel Morse's son?

Postcard of Samuel Morse's son?

Friday, December 21, 2018

Transcontinental Railroad Workers, Teens

From: "Dick, Judy" JDick@Scholastic.com

I am an editor at Scholastic Magazines. I researching the building of the transcontinental railroad and was wondering how young the workers were. Did any boys or [teenagers] work on the teams, especially among the Chinese workers? ...

—Judy Dick, Senior Editor, Scholastic Magazines

Sunday, November 04, 2018

"Seventy-Five Years of Progress" by Erle Heath

From: "Ann Scott" scotta@ParmaCitySchools.org

Where can I get a printed copy of the historical sketch Seventy-Five Years of Progress?

—Ann Scott
Ohio

Echo City Photographs

From: "Melissa Jacobson" mdalejacobson@gmail.com

Re: Question about The Swackhamer Pacific Railroad Stereograph Collection

I'm doing research for a documentary, and have been trying to track down an image (see below). I believe the mountain ... is the same mountain in The Swackhamer Pacific Railroad Stereograph Collection, C.R. Savage, Echo City picture (second image below).

Do you have any advice on how to track down this image? Or do you have any more information on "Echo City" – or collections that might have images of this station? ...

—Melissa Jacobson



train-composite Echo City


savage_bas34_echo_city

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Three of the four original spikes reunited in Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time

"The Eighth Wonder of the World’s Crown Jewels" by UPRR, © Inside Track, 10/5/2018. (News Article)

" ... For the first time since that windy day at Promontory Summit, three of the original four spikes driven to honor the transcontinental railroad's completion are being reunited in Omaha, Nebraska ... the silver spike from Nevada, the Golden Spike and the blended spike from Arizona ...

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West exhibition is on view at Joslyn Art Museum Oct. 6 though Jan. 6, 2019. At the conclusion, the spikes will return to their respective homes; however, the photograph collection will move to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Feb. 1 through May 26, 2019, and then the Crocker Art Museum June 23 through Sept. 29, 2019." [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Weather during CPRR construction

From: "Camryn Dusthimer" 15920@students.pasd.us

... Where can I find information about what the weather was like during the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad? I’ve been able to find information about the Winter of 1866, but no information about summers and temperatures. ...

"Planning begins for 150-year anniversary of railroad in Truckee"

"Planning begins for 150-year anniversary of railroad in Truckee" by Hannah Jones, © Sierra Sun, October 11, 2018. (News Article)

" ... The Truckee Donner Railroad Society, Truckee Donner Historical Society and the Donner Summit Historical Society are working to organize a Golden Spike celebration ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Monday, October 08, 2018

Phineas P. Gage ... "no longer Gage" (Neurology, Brain, Frontal Lobe Injury)

"Phineas P. Gage (1823–1860) was an American railroad construction foreman remembered for his improbable survival of an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head, destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe..."

"The iron entered there and passed through my head! ... His mind is radically changed so decidedly that his friends said he was no longer Gage!"


Phineas Gage Cased Daguerreotype
Phineas P. Gage, Cased Daguerreotype
Courtesy Jack and Beverly Wilgus via Wikipedia



The dangers of 19th century railroad construction using black powder to blast rock are illustrated by one of the most famous cases in neurology and psychiatry:

"One of the most famous brain injuries on record is the fascinating case of the 'crowbar incident,' which occurred in [Vermont, where his group was preparing the bed for the Rutland and Burlington Rail Road] on September 13, 1848. A 24-year-old railroad worker, Phineas P. Gage, was caught in a powerful explosion during a construction accident. A steel rod, [a 13.5 lb., 3 foot 7 inch long and 1.5 inch thick tamping iron] ... became airborne and pierced the skull of Phineas Gage. The iron entered the top of his head, passed through the brain and exited through the lower portion of the left cheek, leaving a gaping hole. Gage never lost consciousness and spoke with his co-workers several minutes after the event. He was taken to a hotel where he walked unassisted up stairs. 'He bore his sufferings with firmness,' Dr. J. M. Harlow, the treating physician, later wrote, 'and directed my attention to the hole in his cheek, saying, ‘the iron entered there and passed through my head!'

Gage survived. But his personality had undergone a dramatic change. Whereas before he was the capable and efficient foreman on the job, Phineas Gage became sloppy, careless and argumentative. 'The equilibrium or balance between his intellectual faculties and his animal propensities seemed to have been destroyed,' said the doctor. Gage was later dismissed from his job and became somewhat of a reclusive figure. 'His mind is radically changed,' wrote Dr. Harlow, 'so decidedly that his friends said he was no longer Gage!' But because of his fantastic injury, Gage became famous. He even appeared in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York City. His skull and the iron bar that pierced it are on display at Harvard University."

All about Criminal Motivation, by Mark Gado

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Phineas Gage from Wikipedia:

"Gage was fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity (which was not previously his custom), manifesting but little deference for his fellows, impatient of restraint or advice when it conflicts with his desires, at times pertinaciously obstinate, yet capricious and vacillating, devising many plans of future operations, which are no sooner arranged than they are abandoned in turn for others appearing more feasible. A child in his intellectual capacity and manifestations, he has the animal passions of a strong man. Previous to his injury, although untrained in the schools, he possessed a well-balanced mind, and was looked upon by those who knew him as a shrewd, smart businessman, very energetic and persistent in executing all his plans of operation. In this regard his mind was radically changed, so decidedly that his friends and acquaintances said he was 'no longer Gage.' "

—Harlow, J.M. (1848). "Passage of an iron rod through the head." Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 39: 389-393.

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