Saturday, December 28, 2013

CP-UP Junction Promontory to Ogden

From: "Kyle Wyatt" kylekwyatt@gmail.com

I am trying to pin down just when the interchange between the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific moved from Promontory to Ogden. The schedule from December 2, 1869 seems pretty clearly to show the junction at Promontory. By December 29 it looks more confused, with part of the schedule indicated Ogden, and sleeping cars listing Promontory. Other indications suggest the transition date may have been Jan 1, 1870.

Does anyone have any articles form more local papers, such as Ogden or Salt Lake City?

—Kyle


CP timetable - still Promontory - California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, Volume 32, Number 19, 2 December 1869


1869-12-29 CP, SF&SJ, CalP Timetables; still Promontory - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 7222, 29 December 1869


Central Pacific fares via Ogden, effective Jan 1, 1870 - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 7224, 31 December 1869


Daily Alta California, Volume XXII, Number 7226, 2 January 1870 - Page 6 Advertisements Column 7

California Pacific Railroad

From: kawich@aol.com

I am interested in the California Pacific Railroad’s role as one of the earliest links and the quickest connection to San Francisco for transcontinental passengers from the Central Pacific in Sacramento during the early years (ca.1869-1872). Research has found that the Cal.P.RR transported passengers from Sacramento to Vallejo via rail; then on the passenger ferry New World to San Francisco.

The steamer New World has a long and interesting history. Early advertisements (notably, in the Daily Alta California 1855-1865) show this steamer as being owned by the California Steam Navigation Company. Prior to this she made the voyage around Cape Horn from New York to San Francisco after being taken illegally by Captain Wakeman (the New World had been seized by the sheriff in New York due to a creditor’s lien) and at one point during the trip she evaded a British ship attempting to capture her.

An ad in the March 20, 1869 Daily Alta California announces the New World and the Cal.P. schedule from Sacramento to San Francisco (and other points).

Also of interest here was the purchase of the California Steam Navigation Company by the Cal.P. in 1871 and the acquisition of the Cal.P. by the Central Pacific that same year.

Was the New World the only steamer operated between Vallejo and S.F. and was she owned by the Cal.P or leased from the California Steam Navigation Company prior to 1871?

The contractor’s name who built the Cal.P. from Vallejo to Sacramento, DeWitt C. Haskin, appears at the bottom of the advertisements for the Cal.P. but no title is associated with his name.

What official position(s) did Haskin hold with the California Pacific? He was honored by having a Cal.P. Mason locomotive named after him.

Information regarding the steamer “New World” and D.C.Haskin’s involvement with the Cal.P. is appreciated.

—Dan Getts



New World sold to San Francisco by Oregon Steam Navigation - Daily Alta California, Volume XX, Number 6717, 6 August 1868.


New World acquired for Valleyo route - Daily Alta California, Volume XX, Number 6729, 18 August 1868.


Purchased from Oregon Steam Navigation for Vallejo route - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 35, Number 5427, 18 August 1868.


Oregon Steam Navigation, being rebuilt for Vallejo route - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 35, Number 5427, 18 August 1868.


Navigation injunction against New world operation overturned - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5466, 2 October 1868.


New boilers in New World - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5533, 19 December 1868.


Pacific steamer New World being rebuilt for Vallejo service - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5549, 8 January 1869.


Steamer New World Overhaulled - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6879, 18 January 1869.


Steamer New World Test Trip - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6883, 22 January 1869.


New World Broke Shaft - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5573, 5 February 1869.


World broke shaft; Washoe substitute for California Pacific - Daily Alta California, Volume 21, Number 6897, 5 February 1869.


New World broke shaft; Washoe substitute - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5574, 6 February 1869.


California Pacific steamer New World returned to service - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5602, 11 March 1869.


No racing for New World - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 36, Number 5603, 12 March 1869.


Bids for Newspaper concession on New World and CalP Trains - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 37, Number 5613, 24 March 1869.


New CalP boat to replace New World being built in New York - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 37, Number 5683, 14 June 1869.


CP acquisition of CalP, Crockers sell - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7819, 19 August 1871.


CP and Cal P Combined - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7830, 1 September 1871.


Calif Steam Nav sold to Calif Pacific - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 41, Number 7140, 1 April 1871.


Calif Pacific buys Calif Steam Navigation boats - Daily Alta California, Volume 23, Number 7692, 14 April 1871.


Daily Alta California, Vol 23, Number 7693, 15 April 1871 - Sale of a Railroad.


Calif Steam Navigation sold to Calif Pacific - Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 41, Number 7175, 12 May 1871.


CenPac purchased CalP, inc Calif Steam Nav and SF&NP - Pacific Rural Press, Volume 2, Number 6, 12 August 1871.

Newspaper articles courtesy of Kyle K. Wyatt.
(see comment below)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Too bad you did not mention Cozad

From: "Brad DeWitt" bdewitt@socal.rr.com

Too bad you did not mention Cozad which is at the 100th meridian. Might not been a town but was to be.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Entertainment for CPRR passengers at the Palisade, Nevada train stop

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Train fares for the early part of the 20th century

From: "Jane Bullard" janemariebullard@yahoo.com

I am writing a book, based on my grandmother's train trip from Qunicy, Illinois, to Denver, in 1916. I need to know how much the train fare might have cost. Is there anywhere on the internet where I could find train fares for the early part of the 20th century? ...

—Jane Bullard

Monday, December 09, 2013

Points of interest along the transcontinental railroad

Sunday, December 01, 2013

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