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Guide to the Carson & Colorado Railroad Company records, 1881-1901
BANC MSS P-G 232  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Brief Company History

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Carson & Colorado Railroad Company Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1901
    Collection Number: BANC MSS P-G 232
    Creator: Carson & Colorado Railroad Company
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton and 3 packages
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: This fragmentary collection consists of correspondence, 1884-1901; station ledgers and accounts, 1886-1895; miscellaneous financial records, 1881-1896; register of waybills, 1896-1900; rate books, 1883-1884, 1892-1897; passenger statistics book, 1881-1884; and related materials.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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], Carson & Colorado Railroad Company records, BANC MSS P-G 232, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    This fragmentary collection of Carson & Colorado Railroad records comprises 1 box, 1 carton, and 3 packages and covers the period 1880-1901 when the railroad was primarily under the operation and control of the Virginia & Truckee. The collection was acquired by purchase from Grahame H. Hardy in 1948, 1952, 1953, and 1957; by gift of Louis B. Siegriest in 1954; and by a gift of Stephen E. Drew in 1972.

    Brief Company History

    The Carson & Colorado Railroad Company was incorporated in Nevada on May 10, 1880 as a narrow gauge extension of the parent Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Rails were laid south from Mound House, Nevada on the Virginia & Truckee during 1880-1883 through the communities of Wabuska, Hawthorne, Belleville, Candelaria, Laws, and Owenyo to Hawley, later renamed Keeler, California--some 300 miles south of Mound House. Consolidation of three separate operating divisions and reorganization as the Carson & Colorado Railway Company occurred on February 27, 1892. With general offices and shops at Carson City, Nevada, the Carson & Colorado was operated by joint V. & T. and C. & C. officers as a feeder or branch of the V. & T.; its sole President and General Superintendent was Henry Marvin Yerington. Control of the C. & C. was negotiated by major stockholder Darius Ogden Mills with sale on March 1, 1900 to the Southern Pacific Railroad which subsequently operated the line under the name of the Nevada & California Railway Company beginning in May 1905. In February of 1912 the Nevada & California was absorbed into the Southern Pacific System and portions of the original 1880 right-of-way continue in present operation.