Inventory of the Chico Electric Railway Collection, 1904-1905

Processed by Dr. Blaine P. Lamb; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
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California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Chico Electric Railway Collection, 1904-1905

Collection number: MS 5

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
Dr. Blaine P. Lamb
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Chico Electric Railway Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1904-1905
Collection number: MS 5
Creator: Chico Electric Railway
Extent: 1 document box
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Anonymous donor, 1983

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chico Electric Railway Collection, MS 5, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

Ledgers and correspondence relating to the organization and financial concerns of the Chico Electric Railway.

Historical Background

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).

Key to Arrangement

Folder 1

Ledger book containing a handwritten copy of the by-laws of the Chico Electric Railway Company, dated August 16, 1904, nd signed by Harold P. Pits, Louis C. Ralston, D. Howard Foote, Charles W. Waller, and Leon J. DeSabla, stockholders in the firm.

Folder 2

Ledger book containing journal entries for the period August 12, 1904-August 1, 1905.

Folder 3

Financial ledger for the Chico Electric Railway for 1904-1905, indicating expenses, balances, and bond and stock subscriptions.

Folder 4

Miscellaneous letters, 1904, concerning the organization and by-laws of the company.