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Guide to the Central Pacific Railroad Company Collection, 1861-1899
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Central Pacific Railroad Company Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1899
    Box Number: 1050
    Collector: California State Library
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Please credit California State Library.

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    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library 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], Central Pacific Railroad Company Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Central Pacific Railroad Company
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company


    Miscellaneous correspondence, ephemera and papers of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, including one group of letters and reports related to the question of refunding Central Pacific Railroad Company debt.


    The Central Pacific Railroad Company was established in 1861. It was financed by the "Big Four," Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington, and Leland Stanford and by land grants, subsidies and loans from federal, state and local government resources. Construction began on January 8, 1863 and on May 10, 1869 the railroad was completed to Promontory Point, Utah, where it met with the Union Pacific. The "Big Four" also acquired the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1899 after much negotiation between the Central Pacific and the United States government settlement was made which eventually brought about repayment of the loan made by the United States. The Central Pacific Railroad was absorbed by the Southern Pacific in 1899.


    • Bellinger, Charles Byron, 1939-1905.
    • Central Pacific Shareholders Protection Committee
    • Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888.
    • Doyle, John Thomas, 1819-1906.
    • Gunner, W. C.
    • Montague, Samuel S.
    • Moreshead, W.
    • Morgan, John Tyler, 1824-1907.
    • Morrison, L. J.
    • West, C. W.
    • Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944.