"Alameda in History: Failed railroad led to thriving ferry service"
"In December 1862, Timothy Dame, Peter Donahue and Charles McLaughlin formed the Western Pacific Railroad. These men were already busy building the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad, which began running between San Francisco and Menlo Park in October 1863; the line initiated service to San Jose in January 1864. Ten months later, the Central Pacific Railroad gave the Western Pacific the rights to build a railroad that connected Sacramento with San Jose. ... " [More]
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