Friday, May 11, 2007

Culinary history of the railroads, May 10, 1869

From: Josephine Hyde

For a piece on culinary history of the railroads, I am looking for accounts of what was served to the dignitaries following the Golden spike ceremony in the Directors' car. So far, I have read that California champagne, wine and fruit were served. Is anyone in this group aware of other sources with more specific information? I would also be interested in learning what was served at various celebratory meals around the country, for instance the Lick Hotel's "Chicago Banquet."

I appreciate your help.

"Chinese Nationals Forgive and Bless Truckee"

"Chinese Nationals Forgive and Bless Truckee" by Ed Moy, © Asian Week, May 11, 2007. (News Article)

" ... Truckee was notorious for its persecution of its Chinese residents in the late 1800’s. The methods used for running the Chinese out of town became so synonymous with the town, that it became known throughout the state as, 'The Truckee Method.'

According to the Donner Historical Society:

On October 28, 1878, Chinatown was burned down again. This time they were forbidden to rebuild. Amid freezing temperatures, the hungry Chinese population was forced to relocate across the river on land donated by the Central Pacific Railroad.

Crowds cheered as the remains of old Chinatown were torn down. Young boys threw rocks as the homeless Chinese carried their few remaining possessions through town while adults idly stood by. Whites who dared to assist the Chinese were themselves threatened." ... [More]

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