Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tickets; Segregation

From: "Blanco, Bernadette O"

How much did tickets cost: from New York to the West Coast; from the Midwest?

In the early days were the cars segregated?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Subject: Re: Tickets; Segregation

I've never found mention in the early press of segregation in regular chair and sleeping car accomodations on the Central Pacific and on the Southern Pacific but in the January 23, 1875 Gilroy Advocate, it was reported that a smoking car on the Central Pacific had a separate section for Chinese.

—John Sweetser

3/24/2009 4:42 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


As I recall, when Robert Louis Stevenson rode the Union Pacific emigrant train in 1879 he reported a separate car for Chinese. Check The Amateur Emigrant, especially the part called Across the Plains. There are several on-line sources:

Stevens reached Council Bluffs on pg 23 of this Google Books version.
The Emigrant Train starts on pg 26
Chinese are on pgs 27 and 30. Note the car was predominently Chinese, not exclusively, as the men's car overflowed.

classiclit version

gutenberg project version


3/27/2009 8:17 AM  

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