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Central Pacific Railroad lawsuit and investigation documents, 1876-1887.
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Central Pacific Railroad lawsuit and investigation documents, 1876-1887
Central Pacific


Legal Documents relating to lawsuits resulting from Central Pacific Railroad stock manipulation. Attorney Alfed A. Cohen appears to have played a major role in these cases, and likely owned these documents. Individual stockholders in these cases received reduced or no dividends from their holdings, or were persuaded to sell their stocks back to the railroad at below value. San Joaquin County had subscribed to stock in the Western Pacific Railroad, and at the time of this road's merger into the Central Pacific the county's stocks seemingly disappeared. In two of these lawsuits the plantiffs attempted to put the Central Pacific Railroad under State of California operation, and to bankrupt its former owners. In addition this collection contains documents from the United States Pacific Railway Commission 1887 investigation into the financial practices of railroads that received federal funding for their construction, and also papers documenting 1887 arbitration over pooled earning distribution between the Southern Pacific and Texas & Pacific railroads under the Huntington-Gould Agreement.


1876 (issued)


Box 3882: Stockholder lawsuits; Box 3883: United States Pacific Railway Commission investigation; Box 3884: Huntington-Gould Agreement arbitration.


Aspinwall, William
Cohen, Alfred A. (Alfred Andrew), 1829-1887
Colton, Ellen M
Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888
Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900
Robinson, John R
Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893
Stewart, David
Central Pacific Railroad Company.
United States. -- Pacific Railway Commission.
Texas & Pacific Railway.
Western Pacific Railroad.
Investigations -- United States
Investigations, Governmental
San Joaquin County (Calif.)


Central Pacific.
Inventory available in library; folder level control.
Unrestricted . Please credit California State Library.

Physical Description:

1 manuscript box; 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3 in.
2 manuscript boxes; 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 3 in.






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Unrestricted . Please credit California State Library.