Saturday, November 24, 2007

"Let the naming game begin"

"Let the naming game begin: Railyard developer responds to public's desire to set authentic tone for historic site" by Mary Lynne Vellinga, © Sacramento Bee, November 24, 2007. (News Article)

"... when it comes to picking names for the streets that will someday cross the downtown railyard, the public has proved more vigilant. The developer, too, says picking the right names is crucial to setting the tone for this extension of downtown. Developer Thomas Enterprises is currently holding a contest at for people to submit suggestions for naming the railyard streets. ... "There's the obvious: Huntington, Hopkins, Stanford, Crocker, Judah, Central Pacific Boulevard, Continental way, and then Bigelow, after the city's first mayor," Pacyna said. ... And then there's Stevens Street. And no, Steven is not some developer's kid. The name is a reference to Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Stevens, general master mechanic for Central Pacific. Stevens, who died in 1888, was an inventor and innovator in the building of locomotives." [More]

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce C. Cooper"
Subject: Street names for rail yard

Just a note to go along with the street name that I have suggested for the railyard project – "Clement Street" – which I submit to honor my great great grandfather, Lewis Metzler Clement (1837-1914) – who served the CPRR from 1862 to 1881 as a surveyor, resident engineer, locating engineer, chief assistant engineer, acting chief engineer, and superintendent of track. Hired in 1862 by Theodore Judah, he was named chief assistant engineer to Samuel Montague when Judah passed away in New York in November, 1863. Among L.M. Clement's chief accomplishments during the construction of the main line of the CPRR was being in charge of the design and construction of the Truckee Division (between Colfax and Truckee) including Cape Horn, the Summit tunnels, etc, and then later the final 200 miles across Nevada and Utah to Promontory Summit. He was also in charge of many projects carried out at the Sacramento railshops including the design of the CPRR built emigrant sleeping cars. ...

—Bruce C. Cooper

11/25/2007 10:12 AM  

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