Sunday, September 27, 2020

Pricing data for railroad tickets, Los Angeles, 1880


My name is Domenico Fabrizi and I am a UCLA Economics PhD student. I am very interested in railroads and I thought you could help me!

In particular I am looking at how railroads helped the development of Los Angeles in 1880. I am looking at pricing data for tickets in the LA area of the two main players at that time, namely Southern Pacific Railway and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Do you have tickets' price data for 1880? Do you have any idea where I can find such data? I would be interested in any piece of information that could store such data ...

I saw, for example, that you have some detailed information about fares. What I am looking for is something similar for the period 1880-1890 (at least for 1887) from Kansas (and other main US cities) to LA.

There was an interesting price war at the time that I would like to study. ...

—Dom, UCLA, Economics