Tuesday, October 29, 2013

UPRR shovels, construction equipment and supplies

From: "Creig Muscato" Creig_Muscato@hotmail.com

Where could I find information on the total purchases of the Union Pacific railroad of equipment and supplies during construction of the road.

I am specifically interested in who (what manufacturer) supplied the shovels to the UP during construction and what was the purchase volume? ...

—Creig Muscato

Railroad Photography Safety

Friday, October 25, 2013

How many worker deaths occurred during the construction?

From: NLewisdevr@aol.com

How many worker deaths occurred during the construction?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

First passenger train after the Transcontinental Railroad was opened

From: "Jerry Koenig" alaskazone@yahoo.com

My grandmother just told me that her grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Hamilton, came to California with her sister on the first passenger train after the Transcontinental Railroad was opened. She continued up to Portland by ship out of San Fransisco. The timing is right in that her father died in Illinois in 1868 and Sarah, her monther, and sisters are documented on the 1870 census in Canemah, Oregon.

I recognize that the liklihood of her traveling on the first train is low, but she and a sister did make the trip in the first year of rail service.

I've checked Louis Rasmussen's Railway Passenger Lists of Overland Trains to San Fransisco and the West but Rassmussen's list doesn't start until the Summer of 1870 – much too late for my ancestor.

Do you know of any other sources of passengers who would have traveled the first year of service? Does the museum have any records from this first year? ...

—Jerry Koenig

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rail stabilizer?

From: kawich@aol.com

Was this item used to stabilize rail on a curve or stabilize rail at a switch? Dimensions are about 8 X 4 X 2 1/2 inches and is marked "7652 60 LB". Intended use must have been for 60 pound rail. It was found along the CPRR.


Rail stabilizer

Rail stabilizer

Rail stabilizer

Sunday, October 13, 2013

19th Century Chinese Immigrant Food

From: "Hwee San Ng" sheereng@bu.edu

I'm a food studies graduate student at Boston University and I'm trying to find out if food of the Chinese laborers in the 19th century changed in any particular way due to the fact that they came to America without the women. I'm interested in what they cook for themselves instead of what is served in the Chinese restaurant because my assumption is that if the men had been cooks, their food aren't probably going to change much.

There isn't much said about their private eating so far, except for the fact that they were using pretty much the same ingredients like sea cucumber, dried mushroom, rice, seaweed, pork etc. I was wondering if they stopped cooking stuff like Cantonese soups because it takes hours and that it was usually women's job?

Also, the CPRR Chinese Pottery page is interesting ...


1870 Sisson & Wallace Ad - Railroad Gazetteer 1870 - page 53
Sisson & Wallace, Co. Advertisement - Railroad Gazetteer 1870 - page 53.
Courtesy Kyle Wyatt, California State Railroad Museum.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Homework questions

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Final Spike Question - turn around

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Why did the Chinese first start coming to California?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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