Two letters to Charles Lincoln Wilson (born 1813): the first from George McDaniel of New York City dated February 24, 1867
concerning the financing of the California and Oregon Railroad; and the other from Central Pacific Railroad General Superintendent
Alban N. Towne to ticket agent J. Hosmer dated April 25, 1871 and concerning sleeping car accommodations for Wilson. Also
an undated clipping regarding the Oregon Central Railroad.
Originally from a farm in Maine, Col. Wilson came to California during the Gold Rush, where he made his fortune selling implements
to gold prospectors. He operated a trading steamer along the Sacramento River. He later built a toll road and a toll bridge
in San Francisco.
•In 1852, Col. Wilson and a number of wealthy businessmen founded the Sacramento Valley Railroad and hired Theodore D. Judah
to locate and build the line from Sacramento to Folsom and Placerville.
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