Saturday, August 29, 2015

CPRR and UPRR grading past each other


I understand that the CPRR and UPRR graders past each other by a considerable distance, but is there any record of when and where they 'met', and is there any physical evidence today showing the 'unused' grades (Google maps?)?

One can only imagine the reaction when one day graders from one RR looked into the distance and saw their opposites approaching. ...


Monday, August 24, 2015

Ancestry of photographer Carleton Watkins

From: "Howard Watkins"

I am doing research on the ancestry of photographer Carleton Watkins.

I see that your museum includes many of his wonderful photographs. Did [you] uncover information on his ancestry? I know he was born in Oneonta, New York and was one of eight children.

Before embarking on my own independent research, I am trying to find out if someone has already researched and published his ancestry. Also, I am trying to find out if there are any living descendants of him or his siblings. Any related information or leads would be most appreciated. ...

—Howard K. Watkins, Fresno, California

Locomotive 'Grey Eagle' vs. town name of 'Greaegle'

From: "James McCall"

In Stephen Ambose's Nothing Like It in the World, he mentions a series of locomotives delivered to Reno in late 1868, one of which was the Grey Eagle.

Could this moniker have been used to name the town and lumber mill of Greaegle? Was a resident of the place for a few years and no one seemed to know where the name originated. Some said it was an Indian named Greaegle, but that didn't seem right as people of the region valued the railroad more. Thought you might have an answer.

—James McCall, Chico, California

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Los Angeles to Berkeley, California travel - 1909

From: "Joan Lisi"

I am writing a biography about a family member who attended University of California at Berkeley from 1909 - 1911. She lived in Los Angeles. Do you know what station was functioning in Berkeley, or barring any, from Oakland? The 16th Street Station in Oakland did not open until 1912. ...

—Joan Lisi

Saturday, August 01, 2015

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