Friday, August 04, 2006

Who Was At Promontory


Following is a list from the key of figures in the Hill painting, The Last Spike. The question is, who was actually there, and who was not?


@ Known to have been at Promontory
* Known not to have been at Promontory

Stephen T. Gage
*A. P. Stanford
@F. A. Tritle
Hon. John Conness
C. N. West
*Benjamin Welch
E. F. Gerald
J. R. Watson
@Rev. Dr. Todd
James W. Haynes
E. H. Miller, Jr.
Arthur Brown
Robert Robinson
Bishop J. Sharp
William Sherman
Charles Marsh
*David Hewes – San Francisco, donor of golden spike
Lorenzo Sawyer
E. Black Ryan
Mrs. E. B. Ryan
Bishop L. Farr
John Corning
W. E. Brown
@Thomas P. Durant – Vice president, Union Pacific Railroad
Dr. J. D. B. Stillman
@Dr. H. W. Harkness
Col. Little
Mrs. J. H. Strowbridge – Wife of Central Pacific Railroad construction superintendent
F. L. Vandenberg
@Leland Stanford – *President, Central Pacific Railroad, member of "Big Four"
H. Notingham
*C. P. Huntington – *Member of "Big Four"
@S. B. Reed
F. D. Richards
P. McGrue
John Duff
T. P. Woodward
J. R. Adams
*Oakes Ames
Judge Galwood
J. H. Strobridge – Central Pacific construction superintendent
@Sidney Dillion
Gen. Cogswell
no forty-four listed
George F. Parsons
@Edgar Mills
@Gen. G. M. Dodge – Chief engineer,Union Pacific
Hon. Milton S. Latham
*Mark Hopkins – *Member of "Big Four"
Miss Earl
@Miss Annie Reed
*Judge E.B. Crocker – Central Pacific legal counsel and brother of Charles Crocker
*Charles Crocker – *"Big Four" member in charge of construction from Sacramento to Promontory
@S. S. Montague – Assistant Engineer, Central Pacific
*T. D. Judah – Died five years before
L. M. Clement
Eli Dennison
Col. T. H. Head
No fifty-nine shown
No sixty shown
@A. P. K. Safford
B. B. Redding
Charles Cadwalader
Adolph Steiner
S. W. Sanderson
*A. N. Towne
Geo. E. Gray
John Casement
Hon. T. G. Phelps
Capt. Franklin
Hon. A. A. Sargent


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Lewis Metzler Clement was in Washington, D.C.

S.S. Montague was Chief Engineer in 1869.

Dr. J.D.B. Stillman came to Promontory on Stanford's train.

Mrs. J. H. Strowbridge (Hill's spelling) is Mrs. J.H. Strobridge.

8/04/2006 7:54 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce C. Cooper" BCC@CPRR.ORG

At the time of the driving of the last spike, S.S. Montague (#54) was Chief Engineer (not Assistant Engineer), while L.M. Clement (#56), the Chief Assistant Engineer and Superintendent of Track, was most definitely not at Promontory as he was in Washington, DC, where he was completing the report of the special Pacific Railroad Commission of which he was a member and which was filed with the Secretary of the Interior on May 14, 1869.


8/04/2006 7:57 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin"

C.P. Huntington was in New York City on 10 May

8/04/2006 8:01 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

Silas Seymour was there. He is in the photo of UP officials sitting around a table in a "private" car. The photo is in Bain – first photo section, identified as Russell H5-3.

Seymour's career began as a flag man on a surveying crew on the Erie, he rose to become construction superintendent on the Erie and drove that road's last spike. He was contractor (for a time) on the Louisville & Nashville, and contractor (for a time) on the Sacramento Valley RR. He was the man who got Judah hired as chief engineer on the SVRR. He was not (as is often stated) the brother of NY Governor Horatio Seymour.


8/07/2006 9:09 AM  

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