Inventory of the Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. District X Records

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Inventory of the Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. District X Records

Inventory: F3762



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Sacramento, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. District X Records
Inventory: F3762
Creator: California. Division of Highways
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. District X Records, F3762, California State Archives.

Agency History

The California Highway Commission on January 1, 1924, created District X from the southern half of District III. At the time of formation District X included 742 miles of road, and comprised all of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Solano Counties. The southern portions of Sacramento and Yolo Counties were also included in District X.
District X maintained a division office in Sacramento, headed by a District Engineer who reported directly to the State Highway Engineer. Under the District Engineer were the Assistant Division Engineer, the Office Engineer, the Construction Engineer, Equipment Engineer and numerous Resident Engineers located throughout the district.
District X underwent major boundary changes in 1933. District III acquired the southern portion of Yolo County and all of Sacramento County above Walnut Grove. District X received Mariposa and Merced Counties from District VI. (See District III for records of Sacramento and Yolo Counties after 1933, and District VI for Mariposa and Merced Counties prior to 1933). At this time District X's division office was transferred from Sacramento to Stockton.

Arrangement and Description

Folder F3762:1-2

1. ADMINISTRATIVE FILE. 1922-51.

Physical Description: 2ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
This series comprises District X's operational manuals pertaining to the correct method for keeping track of accounting, claims, expense accounts, invoices, hiring, payrolls, and purchase orders. Procedures relating to the preparation of contracts, work orders, maps, and final construction reports are included. Also included are 8" x 11" maps (1924) of highway districts I through X showing major roads and district boundaries.
Folder F3762:3-5

2. HEADQUARTERS FILE. 1912-27.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Correspondence and memorandums from headquarters, normally signed by the State Highway Engineer, giving detailed instruction to the District Engineer concerning the use of highway equipment, road grading, testing of highway materials, weed control, issuance of construction permits, and personnel matters. (See DISTRICT ENGINEER'S FILE, series #3).
Folder F3762:6-16

3. DISTRICT ENGINEER'S FILE. 1924-34, 1938, 1944-46.

Physical Description: 11ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Copies of outgoing letters, memorandums, and reports from the District Engineer to the State Highway Engineer, District Maintenance Superintendents, Resident Engineers, foremen and laborers, pertaining to construction progress, and directives concerning accounting policies, purchase orders and personnel matters--hiring, promotions, and lay-offs. (See also HEADQUARTER'S FILE, series #2).
Folder F3762:17-19

4. EQUIPMENT FILE. 1928-32, 1939-49.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Incoming correspondence and copies of outgoing between the State Equipment Engineer and the District Superintendent of Equipment. Includes descriptions of highway equipment; recommended repairs and upkeep; equipment rental rates; ordering of new equipment and supplies. Also included are comparison charts between districts showing monthly equipment costs. (See also HEADQUARTERS FILE, series #2, and ENGINEER'S FILE, series #3).
Folder F3762:20-28

5. CONTRACT FILE. 1922-33.

Physical Description: 9ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by county, route section, and chronologically thereunder.
Incoming correspondence, memorandums, and copies of outgoing between the District Engineer, Resident Engineers, State Highway Engineer, contractors and residents. Included are descriptions of proposed work, grading, drainage, and use of construction materials--cement, crushed rock, surface oil; extra work orders; type of labor--state day labor crews, or private construction workers; and landscaping along highway. Also included are claims from residents along right-of-way for damage to property caused by highway construction.
Routes included in this series are:
 

SAC-4-B (Sacramento to Elk Grove, Highway 99). 1923-29, 1932-33.

Physical Description: 5ff.
 

YOL-6-A,B,C (Sacramento to Davis, Highway 80, Yolo Causeway). 1922-1925, 1928-32.

Physical Description: 4ff.
Folder F3762:29-31

6. BRIDGES. 1930-44, 1948-51.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Incoming letters and memorandums and copies of outgoing between the District Engineer, Maintenance Superintendent, Headquarters, and Bridge Department relating to bridge safety inspections, maintenance and repair costs. A complete listing of all bridges in District X describing type of structure--timber, steel, concrete, as well as width, carrying capacity, vertical clearance, and date of construction. Particular attention is given to Bridge #29-02 (SJ-4-C) over the Mokelumne River, and to Bridge #23-63 (Sol-208-A) over Sonoma Creek.
Folder F3762:32

7. DEFENSE PREPARATIONS. 1941-42.

Physical Description: 1ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Incoming and copies of outgoing letters and memorandums between District Engineer, Headquarters, and the Navy Department concerning emergency procedures, in case of enemy attack, for road blackouts, use of gas masks, and repair of roads.
Folder F3762:33

8. POSTWAR PLANNING. 1944-46.

Physical Description: 1ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Incoming, and copies of outgoing correspondence and memorandums between District Engineer and the State Highway Engineer relating to post World War II highway construction. Also included are semi-monthly reports listing the district's postwar construction projects, progress of project (survey, plans, or construction stage) and amount of money budgeted.
Folder F3762:34-36

9. WORK ORDERS. 1926-34, 1947-48.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Descriptions of work proposed for various sections of roadways. Included are the District Engineer's survey of road routes, construction plans, and estimated cost.
Folder F3762:37-39

10. GASOLINE TAX. 1933-48.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by city, chronologically thereunder.
Incoming correspondence and copies of outgoing between District Engineer, city officials, and contractors relating to the spending of the state gasoline tax allotment. Included are the types of road building projects allowed by the gasoline tax; agreements between District X and cities outlining construction, and amount of funds available. Requests from city governments for new census for allotment of road funds.
Cities included in this series are:
 

Angels Camp. 1947-48.

Physical Description: 1ff.
 

Fairfield. 1935-47.

Physical Description: 1ff.
 

Vallejo. 1933-36.

Physical Description: 1ff.
Folder F3762:40

11. PROPERTY SURVEY REPORTS. 1949-50.

Physical Description: 1ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Descriptions and locations of houses, barns, service stations and garages acquired by District X through purchase of highway right-of-ways. Included are the amounts received by the district through bids for items, and final disposition of buildings--either torn down for salvage, or moved to a new area.
Folder F3762:41-63

12. MISCELLANEOUS FILE. 1912-32, 1934-38, 1940-44.

Physical Description: 23ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Incoming letters and memorandums, and copies of outgoing between the District Engineer, Resident Engineers, district employees, head-quarters, contractors, and various interest groups within District X concerning road surveys, preliminary construction costs, right-of-way costs, construction progress reports, maintenance, and convict labor camps. Also included are final contract reports to the State Highway Engineer summarizing right-of-ways, extra work orders, and actual road construction costs.
Folder F3762:64-66

13. PHOTOGRAPHS. 216 items. 1922, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1939, 1940, 1942.

Physical Description: 3ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by county, route and section.
 

Alp-23-C.

Scope and Content Note

8 photographs (1939) of the Maisterina Ditch in Alpine County. 15 construction photographs of bridge #3113 including road equipment, grading, and materials.
 

Alp-23-D-E, 24-D, 34-B.

Scope and Content Note

14 photographs (1940) of existing roads before new alignment and bridge construction. Included are pictures of bridge #3103 and bridge #3114.
 

Alp-34-A, 23-E.

Scope and Content Note

17 photographs (1940) of road grading, and proposed location of drinking fountain (see MISCELLANEOUS FILE, series #12, 1940, for report). Included also are photographs of the highway into Markleeville and Woodfords, Alpine County.
 

Ama-54-A.

Scope and Content Note

23 photographs (1927) of road equipment including discing, oiling, mixing machines, and a Knight Scarifier.
 

Cal-24-A, B.

Scope and Content Note

26 photographs (1927) of roadwork at Wallace, Willits, and San Andreas, including views of highway equipment--power broom, tank car, and spreading truck. Report on Laykold Oil Process Road is also included with pictures.
 

Sac-53-A.

Scope and Content Note

11 photographs (1928) of canneries located in the Isleton area. Included are the Bayside, California Cooperative Canneries located to the east of Isleton, and Libby Cannery located to the west of Isleton. Various street photographs of Isleton with cars, houses, and stores in background are included.
 

Sac-4-B.

Scope and Content Note

18 photographs (1932) of highway bridges #2412 to #2419 on the road between Sacramento and McConnell (see CONTRACT FILE, series #5, Sac-4-B for report).
 

S.J.53-C.

Scope and Content Note

7 photographs (1942) of the Rio Vista-Lodi cutoff, showing newly completed road sections, the Mokelumne River Bridge, and Miller's Ferry Bridge. (See MISCELLANEOUS FILE, series #12, 1942, for report).
 

Sol-7-E.

Scope and Content Note

44 photographs (1922) taken between Batavia and northern Solano County showing sections of road, construction work, grading, curbs, road equipment and workmen. (See MISCELLANEOUS FILE, series #12, 1922, for report).
 

Sol-7-C.

Scope and Content Note

1 photograph (1927) of the state highway through Vaca-Valley.
 

Sta-4-A.

Scope and Content Note

2 photographs (1932) of a pipe siphon near Hatch Crossing. Included with photo is report concerning the extension of the siphon pipe.
 

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

30 items. 1926. 30 photographs taken in Oregon for a report on oil surfacing of roads. Photos include parts of the Old Oregon Trail near Barnhart, workmen, and highway equipment.
Folder F3762:67-75

14. CONTRACT PHOTOGRAPHS. 1930-1954.

Physical Description: Nine Photo Boxes.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by county, route, and section.
Consists of 4"×6" prints and negatives taken by the District or Resident Engineer of various construction projects throughout District X. Prints normally include views of actual construction work being conducted, equipment, workmen, and in the background houses, stores, garages, barns, and other miscellaneous structures along right of way.
Sections included are:
Box Box 1

Mariposa County

 

Mpa-18-A,D,E,F,G,H,I

 

Amador County

 

Ama-34-B,C,F,H

 

Ama-65-A,B,C

 

Ama-95-I

 

Ama-97-A

Box Box 2

San Joaquin County

 

S.J.-4-A,C,D,E

 

S.J.-5-A,B

 

S.J.-24-A,B

 

S.J.-53-C

 

S.J.-66-A,B

 

S.J.-75-A

 

S.J.-110-A

 

S.J.-Lathrop Road

 

S.J.-Access Road - Rough and Ready Island

 

S.J.-Pollock Shipyards

 

S.J.-Fresno Avenue

Box Box 3

S.J.-Stockton State Hospital

 

S.J.-Bacon Isle

 

S.J.-Mosely Road

 

S.J.-24-A,B

 

Solano County

 

Sol-7-A,B,C,D,E,F,G,I

 

Sol-Nap-7-G,H,A

 

Sol-53-B

 

Sol-74-A,B

 

Sol-90-A

 

Sol-208-A,B

 

Sol-Access Road - Benicia

Box Box 4

Sol-Yol-7,6-A-E

 

Sol-7-Fairfield

 

Sol-7-Vacaville

 

Sol-7-E,F,G,H

 

Sol-7,6-E,I,A

 

Sol-7,8-B,C,A

 

Sol-7, 74-F,G

 

Sol-53-B

 

Sol-74-B,C

 

Sol-Benicia

 

Sol, Vallejo - Georgia-Tennessee Streets

 

Sol, Vallejo - Sacramento Street

 

Sol, Vallejo - Solano Ave.

 

Merced County

 

Mer-4-A,C,D

 

Mer-Sta-4-D,A,C,B

 

Mer-Mad-4-C,A

 

Mer-4-Merced

 

Mer-18-A

 

Mer-Mpa-18-A,I

 

Mer-23-A

 

Mer-32-A,C

Box Box 5

Mer-4-A, C, D

 

Mer-Mad-4-C, A

 

Mer-18-A

 

Mer-32-B, C

 

Mer-122-A

 

Mer-123-B

Box Box 6

Napa County

 

Nap-7-A

 

Nap-Sol-7-A, F, G, H

 

Nap-8-B

 

Tuolumne County

 

Tuo-13-B, C, E, F

 

Tuo-13-Strawberry

 

Tuo-40-A, B

 

Tuo-65-A, B

 

Tuo-Columbia State Park

 

Sacramento County

 

Sac-4-A, B

 

Sac-11-C

 

Sac-S.J.-53-C, C

 

Sac-53-B

Box Box 7

Alpine County

 

Alp-23-C, E

 

Alp-23, 24-C, C, D

 

Alp-34-A, B

 

Calaveras County

 

Cal-5-B

 

Cal-24-A, B, D, E

 

Cal-65-A, B

 

Cal-Milton

 

Yolo County

 

Yol-6-A - Sacramento to Davis

Box Box 8

Stanislaus County

 

Sta-4-A, B

 

Sta-41-A, B

 

Sta, S.J.-4-B, A

 

Sta-13-A, B

 

Sta-110-A, B

Box Box 9

Consists of miscellaneous photographs comprising highway equipment, construction materials, sand and cement yards, and various car accidents in District X. Majority of pictures are not identified by date or location.

Folder F3762:76-78

15. DISTRICT ENGINEER'S PHOTOGRAPHS. 1930-1939.

Physical Description: Three Photo Boxes.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by county, route, and section.
This photograph series comprises field trips in District X, attendance at highway conferences throughout the state, and personal trips made by R.E. Pierce, District X Engineer from 1926-1942. Photos are of a diverse nature, primarily dealing with highway construction and equipment. Box 1 contains negatives, while boxes 2 and 3 contain the actual print. Many photographs are undated and unidentified.
Included in this series are:
Box Box 2

Alpine County

 

Alp-24-A 1932

 

Alp-24-D 1934

 

Alp-34-B (Red Lake) 1937

 

Alp-23-A

 

Amador County

 

Ama-34-B

 

Ama-34-C 1928, 1934, 1935

 

Ama-65-B 1930-1931

 

Ama-65-A 1926

 

Ama-34-C - Courthouse at Jackson

 

Ama-34-H - Silver Lake, Murdoch's Gravel Plant

 

Calaveras County

 

Cal-24-E 1931-1932

 

Cal-65-A 1932

 

Cal-65-B 1931-1935

 

Cal-24-B 1930

 

Mariposa County

 

Mpa-18-A 1934

 

Merced County

 

Mer-32-A 1934

 

Mer-32-C 1934

 

Mer-4-City of Merced, 16th Street 1935

 

Mer-41-B 1935

 

Sacramento County

 

Sac-4-B 1930

 

Sac-4-A 1932

 

San Joaquin County

 

S.J.-4-A (Manteca)

 

S.J.-5-B

 

S.J.-4-C, D, -5-B 1931

 

S.J.-4-E 1929

 

S.J.-4-C 1931

 

S.J.-4-C (Mokelumne River Bridge) 1930

 

S.J.-53-A

 

S.J.-5-B 1928

 

S.J.-6-A 1929

 

S.J.-5-A

 

S.J.-4-E 1931

 

S.J.-5-B 1930

 

S.J.-4-C

 

S.J.-4-D 1930

 

S.J.-4-C (Lodi) 1930

 

S.J.-24-A, B (Lockeford) 1931-1934

 

S.J.-66-A 1933

 

S.J.-5-B (Stockton) 1935

 

S.J.-5-D (Mormon Slough) 1937

 

Solano County

 

Sol-8-A

 

Sol-7-B, -8-A 1930

 

Sol-7-E (Dixon) 1930

 

Sol-7-C 1929

 

Sol-7-A 1929

 

Sol-7-D

 

Sol-7-B, C 1932

 

Sol-53-B 1932

 

Sol-7-C 1936

 

Sol-7-Fairfield 1935

 

Sol-Nap-7-F, G, H, A American Canyon 1931-1936

 

Stanislaus County

 

Sta-4-B 1933

 

Sta-4-B 1926

 

Sta-110-A 1935

 

Sta-4-A Turlock 1934

 

Sta-4-B Modesto 1934

 

Sta-41-B 1935

 

Tuolumne County

 

Tuo-13-A, B 1928

 

Tuo-13-A 1929

 

Tuo-13-C 1929-1932

 

Tuo-13-H

 

Tuo-40 1930

 

Tuo-65-A 1932

 

Tuo-13-E 1932

 

Yolo County

 

Yol-6-A, B (Causeway)

Box Box 3

Miscellaneous photographs relating to the construction of Pardee, Exchequer, and Boulder Dams, and construction of the Oakland Bay Bridge; as well as highway equipment and scenery of Lake Tahoe, Feather River, and Southern California coastline.