Thursday, February 28, 2013

“End of Track” PBS documentary tells story of railroad’s march across Wyoming

"Documentary tells story of railroad’s march across state" by CHILTON TIPPIN, © LARAMIEBOOMERANG.COM, FEBRUARY 28, 2013. (News Article)

"When the Union Pacific Railroad rolled in to present-day Laramie in May 1868, the town was at once founded and engulfed in vice ... torn between upstanding residents on the one hand and outlaws, drunks and prostitutes on the other. ... It piqued my interest that this was one of the few times that major transportation preceded population ... There was no Wyoming before the railroad got here. It didn’t exist. ... Grenville Dodge ... found this geological formation called the gang plank ... this long shelf that goes from the prairie ... that made it relatively easy to get over the Laramie Mountains. ... They sold 400 lots within a couple of days ... the land-owning residents of Laramie assembled a vigilante group ... fighting culminated in a shootout at the Belle of the West Dance Hall, where five outlaws were killed and 15 injured. Three outlaws who surrendered were strung up from telegraph poles, hung in warning to other bandits that Laramie residents would not abide lawlessness ... And that’s how Laramie got started ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Monday, February 25, 2013

Topo Maps (Contour Maps)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Telegraph wire splicing

From: "barticle@chargedbarticle.org"

I am doing some research for a historical novel about the transcontinental railroad. I am wondering how telegraph wires were spliced in the mid nineteenth century? If solder was used, how was it applied? I have found some reference to a gas powered solder melting pot, but I don't know if that was used on wires. If a soldering iron was used, how was it heated? Was any kind of tape used? Does anyone know? ...

—Steve Bartholomew, Lakeport CA


Western Union splice
Western Union splice
"Diagram showing how to make a short Western Union wire splice (A through D), and two images of longer variations on the splice (E & F)"
Practical Electric Wiring by John MacLaren Sharp, 1915. pp. 13-14.

Primary source material documenting the Central Pacific Railroad

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fake "Pullman Silver Palace Car Company"

From: bschactler@ak.net

I found this at a salvation army store.

Can you tell me what it was for?

—Bruce Schactler, Kodiak Alaska


ALT

Friday, February 15, 2013

Stereographs of Greece and Turkey

From: "Kiriakos Skarpas" kskarpas@hotmail.com

I am interested in the Greco Turkish stereoviews so I would be grateful if you could please ... inform me where I can find any references in order to be more educated in this subject. ...

—Kiriakos Skarpas

Monday, February 11, 2013

Human figures for HO gauge diorama

From: "Summer Polley" summerjpolley@yahoo.com

Looking for HO scale people figures for Promontory Summit diorama. Can you help?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Cost of transcontinental railroad construction

From: "Lilia Kolbert" lilianicole@me.com

Could you give me some details on the finances of the transcontinental railroad construction in the 1860's? The total costs at that time, not what the cost would be today? ...

—Lilia

Monday, February 04, 2013

Question about Union Iron Works Locomotives

From: "Edward Shatto" edwardpshatto@gmail.com

The A.A. Sargent #7 of the Central Pacific RR, which was acquired from the Sacramento Valley Railroad was built by Union Iron Works aka Booth. What was the name of the locomotive when Sacramento Valley acquired it and what was the second one to be named that the Central Pacific RR canceled?

—Edward



1865-08-05 Union Iron Works building locos for SF&SJ and Sac Valley - Mining & Scientific Press Aug 5, 1865, p 71.
Union Iron Works building locos for SF&SJ and Sac Valley - Mining & Scientific Press Aug 5, 1865, p 71.
Click for a better reading copy without the OCR spelling errors.

1865-11-15 CP loco AA Sargent - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4571, 15 November 1865.
CP loco AA Sargent - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4571, 15 November 1865.

1865-12-12 CP 7 AA Sargent expected - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4594, 12 December 1865.
CP 7 AA Sargent expected - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4594, 12 December 1865.

1865-12-14 CP 7 AA Sargent Arrived in Sacto - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4596, 14 December 1865.
CP 7 AA Sargent Arrived in Sacto - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4596, 14 December 1865.

1865-12-15 CP 7 AA Sargent & CP 3 CP Huntington - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4597, 15 December 1865.
CP 7 AA Sargent & CP 3 CP Huntington - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 30, Number 4597, 15 December 1865.

1882-02-16 Sacramento Union, Vol 14, No 152, 16 Feb 1882 - THE PLACERVILLE RAILROAD HARDSHIP.
Sacramento Union, Vol 14, No 152, 16 Feb 1882 - THE PLACERVILLE RAILROAD HARDSHIP.


Newspaper Clippings Courtesy of Kyle Wyatt.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Founders of Central Pacific Railroad

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