Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Event announcement

Noon, Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Auburn/Placer Public Library, Auburn, California. Open to all.

From: "G J Chris Graves" caliron@att.net

A quick reminder that Bill George and I will expose some odd but factual items regarding the Central Pacific Rail Road of California, including but not limited to:

1. Theodore D. Judah's land speculations

2. Dis-incorporation of the City of Auburn due to railroad speculations

3. Why Rocklin had the roundhouse, not Roseville

4. Strobridge and Chinese workers

5. Samuel Whitmarsh, (station agent, Auburn, Calif. Stagecoach Co), Rattlesnake Dick Barger and the Strobridge children

6. Why nitroglycerin was used only Tunnel 6, 7, 8, and near Highway 20

7. Economics of 1865 that prompted the hiring of Chinese (Sherman Day's family shows how and why)

8. How many Chinese died, and how their graves were marked

9. If time allows, a discussion of Eadweard Muybridge and the murder of Harry Larkyns.

Bill and I hope to see you there. We will not discuss the Auburn Journal of Sept., 15, 2002, Section 2 page 4 unless asked to.

—G J Chris Graves, Newcastle, AltaCal'a


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See, Rail history quirks and foibles aired in Auburn: Links to first transcontinental railroad tie Placer County to major historic events, by Gus Thomson, Auburn Journal Staff Writer.

Chris Graves notes that "The [hydraulic gold mining] monitor in the picture [included in the above linked article] was made in 1860 by William T. Garratt and his father, Joseph Garratt in San Francisco. Joseph made the Gold Spike in 1869."

1/19/2014 10:09 AM  

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