Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Unique Crocker Family Stories Come to Light in Exhibition"

"Unique Crocker Family Stories Come to Light in Exhibition", © Art Daily, September 28, 2009. (News Article)

"A new exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum pays tribute to the Museum’s founders and shares the stories of philanthropy, eccentricity and high style that made the Crockers the epitome of the Gilded Age. Breathtaking jewelry, dramatic gowns, china, furniture, personal letters, paintings and photographs tell the lesser-known side of the Crocker family’s story in Treasures, Curiosities and Secrets: The Crockers and the Gilded Age, opening November 6. ... More than 75 objects will be on display to tell the story of California’s premier early art patrons, Edwin Bryant and Margaret Crocker, and the era in which they lived. The exhibit also encompasses the lives and mementos of their children, including the notorious Aimée Crocker, who became an international social success, receiving widespread press for her dramatic costumes, travels to the Far East, extensive tattoos and five controversial marriages, twice to Russian nobility. Edwin Bryant and Margaret Crocker settled in Sacramento in 1852 and worked as merchants until Edwin was appointed to the California Supreme Court in 1863. Seven months later, Edwin left the bench to serve as legal counsel for the Central Pacific Railroad Company, which ultimately made him a millionaire. ... A paralytic stoke in June 1869 forced Edwin to retire but allowed him and his family to pursue other interests, including commissioning an art gallery ... Overseas for the next three years, the Crockers purchased more than 700 paintings and 1,300 drawings that became the core of their museum ... " [More]

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Saturday, September 26, 2009


From: "Jackson"

I recently purchased a Sacramento Northern Railway Special Agent badge #1 ... on eBay. I personally had never met the seller but communicated with him via email previously. After I purchased the item I was provided information the badge was a fake and the manufacturer was located. The manufacturer confirmed they made the badge(s) approximately one month previous and it was sold to [eBay seller]. The seller ... did refund my money. The manufacturing company was not aware of how the buyer was going to use it. The manufacturer did tell me they notified eBay. ...

When I showed a photo of the ... Spokane Portland Seattle Railway Special Agent badge ... it was also identified as a fake purchased by the same.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Native Americans

How did the railroad make the lives of the Indians life hard?

Note: The hostilities with the plains Indians was with the Union Pacific Railroad. (The Indians and the Central Pacific Railroad got along together very well.)

How many tunnels did the Chinese make while working on the transcontinental railroad?

How many tunnels did the Chinese make while working on the transcontinental railroad?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Utah-Wyoming Border

From: "C. Barton Crattie"

Earlier this year I submitted a brief question and was pleasantly surprised at the many thoughtful and insightful answers.

My question this time is: Would anyone have any knowledge as to the placement of the border(s) between Utah and Wyoming. I suspect it has much to do with roads, coal and the rails but am having trouble finding information on this. I also think Durant might have had some input.

—Bart Crattie

M.W. Baldwin & Co Locomotive builders lithograth

From: "Barbara Perham"

Looking to find the value of the attached lithograph, who would I contact?

—Barbara Perham

Baldwin Tiger

Friday, September 11, 2009

Who won the great race?

From: "Eileen McKegney"

Who won the race between the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads?

Cape Horn: A Controversy in Stone

"Sierra College will present a lecture by historian and author Jack Duncan entitled "Cape Horn: A Controversy in Stone" on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 7 p.m."

Charles and E.B, Crocker

From: "Glenn G. Willumson"

I am working on an essay about EB Crocker and am wondering whether anyone has knows firm dates for Charles Crocker's resignation from the CPRR Board and EB Crocker's addition to the Board. Any information or suggestions for research sources will be much appreciated.

—Glenn Willumson

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fake Chamberpot

From: "Casey Nichols"

My family has found what appears to be a toilet off of the central pacific railroad. It's rounded and on the front it says please do not clean the toilet bowl outside of the window, Central Pacific RR. Those are not the exact words, but it's close. I was wondering if something like this has been found before, and if it's really a part of the train.

—Casey Graham

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Records of the people who worked on the transcontinental railroad

From: "Lindsay Clark"

Do you have any records of the people who worked on the transcontinental railroad? I'm doing a report for D.A.R. in 1st person and it would really help a lot. ...

—Kathleen A. Clark, Los Cuates Middle School, Los Fresnos, Texas

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

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