Friday, July 27, 2012

Baseball 1887 Pullman car certificate

From: "Sheila Robinson"

I am writing on behalf of a relative who has a Pullman certificate advertising the White Stockings baseball team. The watermark say 1887. Can you provide any information on this including the monetary value of it? ...

—Sheila Robinson

"National Base Ball League, Season of 1887"
Baseball 1887 Pullman car certificate
"When You Travel Go Via the Monon Route - The Pullman Car Line between Louisville, La Fayette, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago."

Baseball 1887 Pullman car certificate
Chicago White Stockings Baseball Team

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hoax (Sports Parody)

WARNING – HOAX: "The Legend of Leremy Jin, James Leland Dolan, and Carmelo McAnthony" by Terry K Park, © Hyphen Asian American Unabridged, July 20, 2012. (Blog)

FALSE: "James Leland Dolan (March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893) was an American tycoon and industrialist. ... As president of Southern Pacific and, beginning in 1861, Central Pacific, he had tremendous power in the region and a lasting impact on California. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Sunday, July 15, 2012

How did the railroad passengers actually arrive in San Francisco?

From: "Cousins"

I write historical novels and am researching California railroads in 1885. My protagonist, an wealthy Englishman and foreign investor, travels from New York City to San Francisco, on train of course, to meet with Crocker and Stanford (just prior to Stanford’s departure for the next session of Congress).

Currently I have done much research on the internet and have read and re-read Richard White’s great book Railroaded. Next, if I can find an affordable copy, will be Octopus. But so far, I have not been able to find specific details that I would like.

The real (first two) questions are:

1. How did the passengers actually arrive in San Francisco, the city, not just the Bay Area outside of Oakland?
2. Exactly where did they arrive. The Ferry Building did not exist in 1885.

The ferry steamer, The Solano, was in use by 1885. When a transcontinental train came through the northern Sierras, through the Central Valley and into the Bay Area, would it have been transported by the Solano? It appears that the Solano operated from Benicia but did not ever dock in SF itself. How would the passengers have gone from the Solano to SF?

The Oakland long wharf, the official terminus of the transcontinental route, extended far into the Bay but if I am correct, the passengers left the train to take a ferry across to SF. There was no train ferry for that leg of the journey from Oakland that I can find.

I need to get my Englishman off the train and into SF so that he may get to his wonderful rooms at the Palace Hotel!

THEN he needs to take a train to Hanford, CA from SF. I know the offices of the SP were at Townsend and 4th; I need to locate the SF train depot, in 1885, unless would-be passengers needed to ferry back to Oakland and catch a train headed to the San Joaquin Valley. The maps I have found do not have that level of detail.

Last Question then is:

3. Was there a train depot in SF in March of 1885 and if so, where was it located; or did one need to depart from Oakland? ...

Amanya Wasserman, Writer, Historical Fiction, Los Angeles CA
(yes, I lived and worked in SF and the Bay Area, but alas, I had to move south!! ;-)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From Aza Whitney to the Pacific Railroad Act

"Working on the Railroad" by RICK BEARD, © New York Times, July 11, 2012. (Opinion)

"We have drawn the elephant. Now let us see if we can harness him up. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"CPRR Shovel Preserved"

From: "Chuck Hatler"

Are you folks familiar with this piece of lore? Any idea where the shovel went? I did a google, no luck.

—Chuck Hatler, Kansas City, MO

1882 02 12 CPRR Shovel Preserved S-NL

1882, 12 Feb: C. P. Railroad Shovel Preserved

The Reno Gazette gives the following account of an interesting railroad relic:

The shovel, which broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad is carefully preserved and may be seen in the private office of Huntington & Hopkins' store in Sacramento. It is polished brightly and the handle is varnished. It is one of the long handled, Mark Hopkins- brand. A silver plate on the handle bears these words:

Alpha. This shovel was used to cast the first earth in the construction of the Central Pacific railroad at the inauguration ceremonies, January 8, 1863.

(Butte Daily Miner, M.T.)

Monday, July 09, 2012

Promontory golden spike ceremony stereoview

Where can I find a Promontory stereoview showing the May 10, 1869 golden spike ceremony in Utah?

"Social Amusements"

Does anyone know about a paperback book given to passengers on the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1886 titled Social Amusements?

Cars or rolling stock attached to the Jupiter at the golden spike ceremony

From: "Richard Dahl"

I'm retired and to have a keen interest in model railroading so I'm going to build an HO diorama of the Golden Spike Ceremony and I'm try to find out what cars or rolling stock was attached to the Jupiter at the time of the ceremony. I've seen pictures of what looks to be a box car and coach also a picture supposedly of the Jupiter on its way to the ceremony with a water car, box car and coach.

Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. ...

—Rich Dahl

Friday, July 06, 2012

Choosing a route for the Pacific Railroad

"How Abraham Lincoln Helped Shape Modern U.S. Economy" by Marc Levinson, © Bloomberg, July 6, 2012. (Article)

"... The Pacific Railway Act, adopted after the Southerners walked out, specified a route through northern Kansas or the southern part of Nebraska Territory, leaving it to Lincoln to choose the Missouri River terminus. He could have directed the railroad southeast to Atchison or Leavenworth or Kansas City. All of those routes would have funneled the California trade to St. Louis. Instead, Lincoln chose Omaha, where, via a ferry across the Missouri, there was a rail connection over the Mississippi River bridge at Rock Island direct to Chicago. The rest, as they say, is history. Chicago would become the distribution center for half a continent ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Thursday, July 05, 2012

"Amtrak stop was hard-fought battle for Colfax"

"Amtrak stop was hard-fought battle for Colfax" by Nancy Hagman, © Colfax Record, 7/5/12. (News Article)

" ... When Amtrak set up in the west, both Colfax and Auburn were left off the list for stops. ... in March 1976 ... Colfax [was] named a flag station for Amtrak. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Picture incorrectly labeled on your website


... The [Hart 204] picture found on your website is incorrectly labeled "Heading of east portal Tunnel No. 8." It's actually "Heading of east portal Tunnel No. 6." ...


Locomotive 119, May 10th 1869 ... [or the "Mystery of the Backward Nine"]

From: "Travis Hunsaker"

Hello, my name is Travis Hunsaker. I work at the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit Utah.

I am looking for any photos taken of the Locomotive 119 from the west side (back side) on May 10th 1869.

One of the rangers that works here (Jess Herbert) found a picture taken by Alfred A. Hart of the 119 from the west side (back Side) on May 10th 1869. It shows one of the nines backwords. We want to be as historically correct as possible, and on our replica 119 both the nines on that side of the locomotive are the right way.

We just need other photos to prove this, or proof that this photo has not been altered in any way.

If you know of any other photos from either Alfred A. Hart, or proof of the authenticity of this photo, or any other photographs that would show this view of the 119 would you please let me know. ...

—Travis Hunsaker, GOSP Manager, Golden Spike Site

Hart 359. 'Monarch of the East.'
Alfred A. Hart Stereoview #359. "The Monarch of the East."
[detail above; same image more magnified below]
Courtesy of Travis Hunsaker.

Hart 359. 'Monarch of the East.'

Hart 359. 'Monarch of the East.'
Alfred A. Hart Stereoview #359. "The Monarch of the East."
[magnified detail from another copy]
Courtesy of Wendell Huffman.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Southern Pacific rail yard in Watsonville

From: "Robert Rico"

I'm looking for maps, pictures or any historical information about the Southern Pacific rail yard in Watsonville [Junction], California.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

"Union Pacific celebrates railroad's 150th birthday"

"Union Pacific celebrates railroad's 150th birthday" by Associated Press, © Bloomberg Businessweek, July 1, 2012. (News Article)

" ... A dozen Union Pacific employees will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange ... to celebrate the railroad's 150th birthday. The nation's largest railroad will also celebrate at its Omaha headquarters ... with a bell-ringing reception for its employees. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

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