Friday, July 18, 2008

"Guide to Railroads in California" by L. M. Clement (1876)

The University of California, Irvine Library, Special Collections and Archives has a 12 page report, "Guide to Railroads in California" by L. M. Clement (1876).

Their abstract states that "L. M. Clement was one of the leading civil engineers responsible for surveying and building the eastbound route of the Central Pacific Railroad, thereby contributing to the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The collection comprises a handwritten copy of Clement's twelve-page report on the state of the California railroads before 1876, including assessments of Chinese laborers and their supervision, an evaluation of the condition of California's roads, and a description of the role of chief engineer in a railroad project."