Thursday, December 10, 2015

Boston Board of Trade Transcontinental Railroad Trip, 1870

From: "Beth Anne Bower"

Boston Board of Trade Transcontinental Railroad Trip, 1870.

In doing family research I learned that my 2nd great grandfather was one of the organizers and participants in this historic trip. The Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society both have some papers related to the trip. I was very interested to see the Hart photographs and the Transcontinental newspaper. I am pursuing additional research (I live outside of Boston) and am scheduled to be in San Francisco in March.

Can you point me in the direction of any other archival collections with records, photographs or memorabilia from the trip? Ideas on where to look? I am particularly interested in how the train was supported. I assume there were porters, engineers, cooks, staff etc. on the train ... but where did they sleep etc.? Was there a "support" car? ...

—Beth Bower