Monday, March 23, 2009

Railroad worker's names

What were the names of the white (caucasian) and Chinese railroad workers on the Central Pacific Railroad? Is there a list?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See the CPRR payroll records, many of which have survived as a result of Lynn D. Farrar's efforts, and are now located at the California State Railroad Museum.

3/23/2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Regarding the Chinese workers, see the study of these payroll records, Nameless Builders of the Transcontinental Railroad by William F. Chew.

3/23/2009 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See related discussion.

5/27/2016 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: Kate Reid

... in January 1864 [Hung Wah] was recorded as one of the first Chinese railroad workers who appear by name. He was a supervisor in charge of 23 unnamed workers (based on payroll calculations). He later become one of the largest labour contractors with the ‘Hung Wah Company’. It is believed he may have been among the few workers who remained to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

5/27/2016 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A National Geographic article, These Chinese immigrants opened the doors to the American West, by Philip Cheung names several CPRR Chinese railroad workers and their descendants:

"Christopher Kumaradjaja, the great-great-grandson of the Central Pacific Railroad worker Hung Lai Woh."

"Michael Solorio is a sixth-generation descendant of railroad worker Lim Lip Hong, who fled famine in China and arrived in California in 1855."

"Arabella Hong Young's grandfather Hung Lai Woh came to the U.S. as a teenager in the 1860s and helped blast the path for the railroad."

"Yale University student Naima Liang Blanco-Norberg ... is a sixth-generation descendant of Lum Ah Chew, who worked as a railroad cook and waiter at the summit tunnels ... "

"Connie Young Yu ... is the great-granddaughter of Lee Wong Sang."

"Vicki Tong Chung's great-grandfather, Mock Chuck, was a foreman for the Central Pacific Railroad ... "

Also, "Payroll records from the Central Pacific Railroad show names of Chinese workers."

7/22/2023 10:01 PM  

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