Thursday, September 07, 2006

Transcontinental Travel, 1880's

From: "Susan Spangler"

Can you tell me what the likely route and train would have been for someone traveling from San Francisco to Massachusetts in the year 1882/3?

I'm researching my family tree and know that my relatives traveled across country in the early 1880's and probably would have gone by train. Is there a website that would list fares, travel time and/or stops that would have been made on such a trip?

Also, did the railroads keep any type of passenger lists at that time?  

Susan LeGassick Spangler


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...




Travel from the East Coast

CP-UP Timetable, 1881

Nelson's CPRR Guidebook

Crofutt's Guidebook, 1872

William's Pacific Tourist, 1877

Travel on the transcontinental railroad

Transcontinental Rails

Appletons' Hand-book of American Travel: Northern and Eastern Tour, 1873

More Rail Travel Guides

Sorry, there are no railroad passenger lists, except for a few organized tours:

Boston to San Francisco, 1870. Boston Board of Trade

Transcontinental Excursion of Railroad Agents, 1870

George Mortimer Pullman Excursion. Across the Continent, 1869

9/08/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

For transcontinental railroad travel dates no later than 1873:

There is a book, "Railway passenger lists of overland trains to San Francisco and the West, (Ship 'n rail series)" by Louis J Rasmussen (Volume 1 only).

Also, "Railway Passenger Lists of Overland Trains to San Francisco & the West" Vol. 2: November 12, 1871 to April 23, 1873, Vol. 2 (1968)

9/05/2011 1:39 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Michael Bolin",

I am trying to find CPRR passenger lists from the Ohio to California in the year 1880 / 1881 period give or take a year. Please give me an idea where I can look.

—Mike Bolin

9/05/2011 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, not aware of any such passenger lists existing for the 1880's.

9/05/2011 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Sandi Rog"

Can you tell me how long it took for the train to travel from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Chicago, Illinois in 1880?

I’m a writer and need to know this for my research. ...

—Sandi Rog

11/08/2014 10:24 PM  

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