Judah - bronze sculpture in Folsom, CA
A bronze sculpture is in the works to honor Theo. Judah in Folsom, CA. to celebrate 150 years of the first railroad west of the Rocky Mountains, the Sacramento Valley Rail Road. The new arrival of modern light rail travel on the same right of way is set for October 15, 2005. This is only 4 months shy of the 150th birthday of the first railroad. We are hoping for a special celebration to occur.
Attached is what we would like to add to the sculpture. We'd like to keep it at a minimum of course.
Ted and Anna are both depicted on the bronze.
Bill Anderson, FEDSHRA.
THEODORE DEHONE JUDAH
March 4, 1825 – November 2, 1863
Theodore Judah was asked to come to California as Chief Engineer
to build the first railroad west of the Rocky Mountains, the
Sacramento Valley Rail Road.
The road covered a distance of 22 miles from Sacramento to Negro
Bar now known as the city of Folsom and was completed in
February 1856. Judah also surveyed the city of Folsom, which
became the transportation hub leading to the gold fields of the
Mother Lode as well as the Comstock Lode in Nevada. While
returning east possibly to secure funding for the Central Pacific
Railroad, he fell ill with yellow fever and died at the age of thirty-
ANNA FERON PIERCE JUDAH
June 30, 1828 – September 2, 1895
Wife, friend and confidante.
Stood by ‘Ted’ through all his endeavors.