Thursday, December 01, 2005

WP and SF&SJ inclusion in Pacific Railway Legislation

From: "Larry Mullaly"

Two questions:

1) The original Pacific Railway Act of 1862 did include transfer of rights from the CP to the [Western Pacific Railroad] to build a connector line between Sacramento to San Francisco. Was there subsequent legislation that allowed the Western Pacific to be awarded federal lands?

2) Although the Department of Interior appointed Commissioners to examine the San Francisco & San Jose in 1866, I do not see that the road was ever awarded government assistance. Why did the inspection take place if there were no benefits attached?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

—Larry Mullaly