Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spacing of towns along the Kansas Pacific Railroad

From: "Ed Harold" eharold@weskanschools.org

I live along the Kansas Pacific Railroad and teach history. All towns are approximately 10-15 miles apart from Denver to Kansas City at least. Do you know how or why that would be? ...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

CPRR Grade photos

From: "Chris Graves" caliron@cwnet.com
"shen-chih Cheng" shen-chih_cheng@sbcglobal.net

I am pleased to report that the large black and white photos of the old CPRR grade, California thru to Utah, will be on public display in the gallery of the Leland Stanford Mansion, in Sacramento, Cal. from March 1, 2009 thru August 30, 2009. They will be moved to the CSRM on Sept. 1, 2009, where they will be exhibited in the new Mezzanine/Theatre Gallery until January 30, 2010. These photos will be accompanied by comments by David H. Bain, author of Empire Express and The Old Iron Road.

Should you visit either of these exhibits, and find that you would want a copy of a photo, please contact me directly.

—G J Chris Graves, NewCastle, California

Sunday, February 15, 2009

BMLRR - how the railroad beds were built in swampy areas

From: alynry@hughes.net

Very interesting web site! Very informative. One question: I've always wondered how the railroad beds were built up in swampy areas (for example in Brooks close to the back Brooks Road? Tens of thousands of yards of gravel! Was this trucked in by dump trucks? Still quite a feat. Did the railroad have dump cars and built these areas up as the rail was laid? Or was this done by pick shovel and horses? At any rate, it's amazing. Keep up the good work.

—Allen Farrington

CPRR Museum's Ten Year Anniversary.

Seems like just yesterday, but the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum has been online since February 15, 1999 with more than two million visitors. Thanks for all your interest and support. A happy 10th anniversary to us!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Stereoscopic photos from Charles Weitfle

From: "James Hanna" mogochagee@sbcglobal.net

I have the following stereoscopic photos from Charles Weitfle:

No. 945 Denver from East to West
No. 141. The Dome, Boulder Canon
No.501-2-Mount of the Holy Cross
120-View in Williams Canon
No. 28 James Peak
No. 152. Long's Peak front Mount Olympus
No. 212- View in Platte Canon
No. 129- Twin Lakes. Distant View

I believe these are from the 1800's On the back of each are two seals, one from the Colorado Industrial Association and the other from an award dated 1878 to Charles Weitfle. Some have descriptions of the view and the others don't.

I was wondering if they have any value and who would I contact.

—Jim Hanna

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Darwin!

Charles Darwin's five-year global expedition on the ship HMS Beagle led him to the theory of evolution which underlies most of modern biology. Today, February 12, 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Monday, February 02, 2009

UP Celebrates Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday

The Union Pacific to "celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln – who set the transcontinental railroad in motion and brought our railroad to life" is sponsoring an Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition With Malice Toward None at the Library of Congress.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

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