Sunday, September 18, 2005

James Barkley's notes about Horace Hamilton Minkler, and James Clark

James Clark's Depot Hotel (Advertisement), Elko, Nevada, 1882:

Depot Hotel Advertisement, Elko, Nevada. Courtesy of James Barkely and the Northeastern Nevada Museum.

My great grandfather, Horace Hamilton Minkler, track foreman for the CPRR, layed the last rail and final tie before they drove the golden spike, May 10, 1869. He appears in the A.J. Russell "champagne" photograph (see below). ... the track laying record ... 10 miles in a day ... was performed by a group of 8 Irishman under H.H. Minkler, track foreman, and George Coley, gang foreman ... April 28, 1869. H.H. Minkler came to California on the same vessel and worked with CPRR engineer Joseph M. Graham (who, on April 1, 1868, staked out what became Reno, Nevada). As shown on the January 1864 CPRR payroll, James Harvey Strobridge (age 37) and H. Minkler (age 35) worked for three weeks track laying out of Sacramento, California, and both appear together in the A.A. Hart stereoview #350 at Camp Victory, Utah on the day of the 10 mile record. H.H. Minkler layed track through Elko, Nevada, in 1869. The Depot Hotel and train station in Elko Nevada was owned and run by my great uncle James Clark, H.H. Minkler's brother-in-law. Minkler was married to Sarah Clark of Clark Station, and later became a farmer and Justice of the Peace in Kansas, later living in Missouri. Clark & Green were proprietors of the Depot Hotel in Elko, Nevada, and James Clark was proprietor of the Humboldt House, both meal stops on the Central Pacific Railroad. James Clark died on the same day that the Titanic sunk.

—James Barkley 3073 N. Main, St. Apt. 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

About whom David H. Bain wrote: "James Barkley, who has iron in his blood and steam in his nostrils, and history in his family tree."

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CPRR Track Foreman Horace Hamilton Minkler.
A.J. Russell view at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869, detail.

CPRR Superintendent James Harvey Strobridge (left) and
Track Foreman Horace Hamilton Minkler (right).
A.A. Hart Stereoview #350, at Camp Victory, April 28, 1869, detail.

Transcontinental Railroad Centennial Poster, 1969:
"Sacramento Gold Spike Centennial Celebration"

Transcontinental Railroad Centennial Poster, 1969:
"Centennial Celebration of the driving of the Golden Spike
Dedication of Golden Spike National Historic Site Museum and Visitors Center
Re-enactment of the Driving of the Golden Spike
May 10, 1969 / Promontory Summit, Utah ...
Centennial Celebration Commission"

George B. Trumbull's ink/watercolor locomotive drawings

Is anyone familiar with "George B. Trumbull's ink/watercolor drawings of train engines"? We have received an inquiry from a person who has three of them and would like to know a little more about him.

The following website shows a "George B. Trumbull ... Group of studies of seven American locomotives of the late 19th Century ... Both passenger and freight locomotives ... various railways ... 1895-96, ... Pen and ink, watercolor on paper, 7 1/2 x 17 inches ... "

Bayley House

This came to me at CSRM, and I thought I'd pass it along.

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum
111 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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From: "Jaime Tafoya, Friends of The Bayley House"

I represent a non-profit group working to restore the historic Bayley House in Pilot Hill, CA - The Bayley House was built to serve rail customers during the Gold Rush. The Big Four railroad Barons were all entertained there. Please visit [the Alcander John Bayley House website] for the complete story.

Can we share our knowledge of the Bayley House to your rail historians?

Can the railroad museum assist us with leads and advise us on restoration?

Jaime Tafoya, Board Member
Friends of The Bayley House
POB 7, Pilot Hill, CA 95664