Finding aid of the Wrecking Car Company No. 1, Sacramento, Log Book C058481

Finding aid prepared by Carolee Gilligan Wheler
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849
pkeats@californiapioneers.org
08/14/2003


Title: Wrecking Car Company No. 1, Sacramento, Log Book
Identifier/Call Number: C058481
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: B001620
Storage Unit: C058481
Physical Description: 3.0 folders Folder 1: typewritten log, 176 pages. Folder 2: reproduction of log. Folder 3: reproduction of log.
Date (inclusive): 10/15/1876 to 05/24/1895
Abstract: This log book is an overview of the “wrecking” calls that Douglas and his crew answered. Whenever a railway car would topple off the track or otherwise have an accident, the wrecking car would arrive to remove debris, right the car, or make repairs. Some details are included regarding cargo that was left in freight trains, casualties (and in some cases, corpses), and probable cause of wrecks. Occasionally Douglas would include information about the crew’s leisure time (see entry #181) or a particularly intensive job, such as when the crew responded to the explosion of the steamer “Julia” at a south Vallejo wharf (entry #209). Page 89 lists the past and present members of the wrecking crew.
creator: Douglas, Phil, fl. 1880

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access.

Preferred Citation note

Wrecking Car Company No. 1, Sacramento, Log Book. The Society of California Pioneers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Biographical/Historical note

Phil Douglas was the Master Car Repairman for Wrecking Car Company No. 1 out of Sacramento from at least 1876 to 1895. No other biographical details are known.

Scope and Contents note

This log book is an overview of the “wrecking” calls that Douglas and his crew answered. Whenever a railway car would topple off the track or otherwise have an accident, the wrecking car would arrive to remove debris, right the car, or make repairs. Some details are included regarding cargo that was left in freight trains, casualties (and in some cases, corpses), and probable cause of wrecks. Occasionally Douglas would include information about the crew’s leisure time (see entry #181) or a particularly intensive job, such as when the crew responded to the explosion of the steamer “Julia” at a south Vallejo wharf (entry #209). Page 89 lists the past and present members of the wrecking crew.
Container List: Folder 1: typewritten log, 176 pages 10/15/1876-05/24/1895. Folder 2: reproduction of log (#1). Folder 3: reproduction of log (#2).

Existence and Location of Originals note

These appear to be typewritten copies of the original log book. The location of the original log book is unknown.

Existence and Location of Copies note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California, Northern - History - 19th century.
Railroads--History
Sacramento (Calif.) - History - 19th century.