Monday, January 29, 2007

Central Pacific Libraries

From: "Wendell Huffman" wwhuffma@clan.lib.nv.us

I notice a "library" on an 1880s era plat of Wadsworth, Nevada. The coloration of the symbol for the structure [blue] and its location adjacent to the railroad across the tracks from the locomotive facilities suggests that this library was railroad property.  

Is there evidence that the Central Pacific established and maintained libraries?  

If company-established and maintained, were these for employees, passengers, and/or residents of the adjacent town?  

Further, if company-established, how common were these?  

Surprisingly, libraries appear to not be mentioned in Richard Orsi’s Sunset Limited. I believe there were company libraries under Harriman, but this question focuses on the pre-Harriman era.  

Wendell W. Huffman
Curator of History
Nevada State Railroad Museum
2180 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
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