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Guide to the San Diego Electric Railway Papers MS 139
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  • Title: San Diego Electric Railway Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 139
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1892
    Abstract: This collection contains papers related to the construction of the San Diego Electric Railway in 1892.
    creator: San Diego Electric Railway Company.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The San Diego Electric Railway Company was incorporated by A.B. Spreckels in 1892 after he acquired the entire property of the ailing San Diego Street Car Company for $115,000. The original officers were A.B. Spreckels (president), E.S. Babcock (vice president), Joseph A. Flint (secretary, treasurer, and general manager), John D. Spreckels, and Charles T. Hinde. In May 1892 they began to transform all existing street car lines to electric power.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers related to the construction of the San Diego Electric Railway in 1892. These papers include correspondence between Henry E. Brett and E.S. Babcock, bids and contracts, documents detailing the costs of machinery and other equipment, and work specifications for different aspects of the project.


    This collection is arranged by subject.

    Preferred Citation

    San Diego Electric Railway Papers, MS 139, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills on December 2, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Atlas Iron Works.
    Babcock, Elisha S.
    Brett, Henry E.
    French, F.M.
    General Electric Company.
    H.P. Gregory & Co..
    Hacker & Son.
    Julian & Son.
    Los Angeles Consolidated Railway Company.
    Parke & Lacey.
    San Diego Street Car Company.
    Standard Iron Works.
    San Diego (Calif.)