Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Temperature at Promontory on May 10th, 1869

From: "Joey"

Do you know what the temperature in degrees Farenheight was on Monday May 10th 1869, and if you don't, please tell me if it was even close to 72 degrees Farenheight.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


As I remember the description it was on the cold side. Like 40's or 50's the morning of and not much warmer at noon. I don't think anywhere near 72.

5/11/2005 3:57 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"The day was sunny with a few clouds and a slight breeze; the temperature was 69° in the shade of the Central Pacific telegraph car."

Quotation From: "Driving the Last Spike At Promontory, 1869." By J. N. Bowman. California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2,  June 1957, pp. 96-106,  and Vol. XXXVI, No. 3, September 1957, pp. 263-274.

5/11/2005 4:13 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"By noon the temperature had risen to almost 70 degrees."

5/11/2005 4:25 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

There are a few indications:

Chicago Tribune, May 11, 1869
Letter of May 10, preparation for ceremony completed this morning. Gov Stanford and party were on the ground impatiently awaiting counterparts. At 8:30 am UP loco 119 and train of palace and two cars av.
Day was clear and beautiful
Crowd of less than 1,000
Generally comments on the weather were favorable, and in a similar vein.

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5/11/2005 10:48 PM  

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