Title: Chico Electric Railway Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1904-1905
Collection number: MS 5
Chico Electric Railway
Extent: 1 document box
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Anonymous donor, 1983
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[Identification of item], Chico Electric Railway Collection, MS 5, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.
Ledgers and correspondence relating to the organization and financial concerns of the Chico Electric Railway.
Articles of incorporation for the Chico Electric Railway Company were filed on August 12, 1904. Impetus for the organization
of the firm came from the Diamond Match Company which provided equipment during construction and housed the line's first substation
at its Chico plant. Service on the Chico Electric Railway began on January 1, 1905, but in August of that year its 5.14 miles
of track in Chico were acquired by the expanding Northern Electric Company, later the Northern Electric Railway.
Additional information on the Chico Electric Railway can be found in Ira
Swett Sacramento Northern (1998) and Kent Stephens
Matches, Flumes, and Rails: the Diamond Match Co. in the High Sierra (1977).