Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Question: May 1854, railroad from New York [travel to Missouri]

From: "Lisa James" ljames62@osagecon.missouri.org

My ancestor got off a boat in New York Harbor on May 9th, 1854. Sometime prior to Feb 1855, she arrived in Osage County, because she purchased land in the newly formed Maries County at that time. We are sure that she arrived here in this county by wagon. But when she got off the boat in New York, she had a 3 year old son and an 18 month old daughter with her. I believe she must have taken a train from New York as far west as the rails would take her at that time.

What trains travelled from New York in 1854? How far could she have come by train?


Question: Nob Hill Walls

From: "Michael Lampen" michaell@gracecathedral.org

The surviving portions of boundary walls bordering the former properties of the Crocker (1876), Hopkins (1878) and Stanford (1876) mansions on Nob Hill, were supposedly designed and built by Central Pacific RR engineers. The walls are of grey basalt with coping and pylons of granite. Do you know of any documentation for this story?

Michael D. Lampen
Archivist, Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108-2244