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Inventory of the Chico Electric Railway Collection, 1904-1905
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Collection Description
  • Historical Background

  • 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


    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).