Railroad Commissioners' Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Construction Reports

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Railroad Commissioners' Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Construction Reports
Dates: 1864-1889
Collection Number: MS 828
Creator/Collector: javascript:void(0) Board of railroad commissioners of the State of California
Extent: 2 boxes
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Reports of railroad commissioners' Southern Pacific and early predecessor companies construction progress.
Language of Material: English

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Railroad Commissioners' Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Construction Reports. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Biography/Administrative History

During construction of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads and their early subsidiaries, the federal government appointed commissioners to inspect the work prior to the awarding of subsidies. Operating under the auspices of the Secretary of the Interior, the commissioners reported on the progress of construction, condition and valuation of the line and appurtenances, facilities, and equipment in use, and made recommendations for improvements, route changes, etc. The investigations of the Central and Southern Pacific and their subsidiaries were carried out in sections generally of forty mile increments.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of reports on the Central Pacific, Southern Pacific, California & Oregon, Oregon & California, Oregon Central, San Francisco & San Jose, and first Western Pacific Railroads. The reports were prepared and endorsed between 1864 and 1889, and are presented with endorsements and reports on the Union Pacific and Central Pacific of 1869 and 1874. There are typed copies and photocopies of original documents. The original handwritten documents are held by the National Archives.

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