Thank you for writing and for all the wonderful and kind words telling
us what you liked best about the CPRR Museum!
My daughter has been doing research on the Transcontinental Railroad.
Looking over her shoulder and just perusing the your site on my own, I
have been so impressed by the quality of your website. It's interesting,
it's easy to use, nicely designed, updated frequently,
and extremely comprehensive. I am also impressed that when my daughter
sent a question to your FAQ page, it was promptly
answered and posted. I've looked at numerous sites in the course of my
own work as a writer and yours surpasses most of the ones I've visited.
Keep up the good work!
Wonderful site ... I am deeply impressed by what you're doing
with your website. ... You've really performed a feat of magic
on your site. ... I am publishing a book on the first transcontinental
EXPRESS ... There is an enormous amount of new information
on the CPRR in it, taken principally from the heretofore underscrutinized
Huntington correspondence at Syracuse
University. The big five come alive as never before, in their
own words, especially E. B. Crocker. I also used a lot of contemporary
newspaper/magazine accounts. The flavor of the period is really there.
You and your wife should be proud of her family connection. Clement,
even more than Montague, was really out there.
I liked seeing [Lewis M.
Clement's] picture, finally connecting a face with a well-known character.
Congratulations. ... Your family website is, in my estimation, the
best RR website on the planet, and I tell anyone who's interested.
H. Bain Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum — First of the
"Transportation Libraries and Museums to Explore." ... A terrific on-line
library of pictures, maps, and descriptions of the first transcontinental
Department of Transportation Suggested Web sites for research ... Click
on "History" for a fabulous array of primary
source material directly relevant to this project. Look especially at the
accounts. Click on "Chinese."
PBS - The
West - Transcontinental
Railroad - Lesson
Congratulations! Your web-site has been reviewed and chosen to
bear the prestigious "2000-2001 Golden Web Award"
... a design, originality and content award ... in recognition of creativity,
integrity and excellence on the Web.
of Web Masters & Designers
Transcontinental Railroad History Sites
THE CENTRAL PACIFIC ON LINE RAILROAD MUSEUM
This site has something for everyone, from
looking for information for a school report
to academics interested in exacting detail. Filled with photographs,
recommended readings and an electronic
archive of stories from the era, the CPRR site offers a wonderful means
of understanding the construction
of the railroad from California to Utah.
online companion to the KUED documentary
... your website ... is absolutely fantastic! It's been such an amazing resource
for me ... with the incredibly rich history of the railroad construction. I'm
particularly delighted to find such a fantastic source with all the photographs,
stereoviews and plates all in one place to view. They are spectacular, and ...
a vital resource to work out what things actually looked like. ... it really is
the most fantastic site! It is by far the best resource and research tool I have
found ... to learn about the building of the railroad. It's quite an incredible
collection — I have been raving about it to my archive researcher, and the
photos and stereographs really help me build up a picture of what it might have
been like at the time.
Alison Draper, BBC
Scan the massive amounts of primary source material compiled by this online
museum dedicated to the transcontinental railroad's construction. PBS - The American Experience, Transcontinental Railroad
Great Site. An absolutely wonderful site redolent of the excitement of the pioneering
days of the Railroad with the added bonuses of Currier & Ives prints, Walt
Whitman poems and lists of books. Thank you, this is good for weeks of
absorbing browsing and interesting history both written and visual.
Congratulations and many thanks.
V. Narayan Swami
Incredible, awesome, stupendous ... keep up the good work.
Wallace Claitty Central Pacific Railroad: Photographic History Museum
Resource on the construction of the first American transcontinental rail line in the 19th century, supported with an extensive image gallery comprising of stereographs, engravings, maps, and photographs. Provides articles on railroad and postal transport and the photography of the time. Also includes images and notes on related collectibles such as stamps and letters, and features a list of readings and links.
Lewis Metzler Clement
Biographical details on this pioneer and engineer of the first American transcontinental
rail line built by the Central Pacific Railroad.
Lucy Stover and her award winning quilt project. Courtesy Claire Stover.
I thought you might like to see the results of my daughter's quilt project - which used as a pattern an image
you allowed us to use from the CPRR Web site. Not only did she get
a good history grade, but the quilt and her report won a ribbon at the school
district History Fair.
Thanks again for your help,
Claire Stover (and daughter Lucy), Ontario, CA
A great archive site illustrating the history of the first transcontinental
The Railfan Network
Thanks for all you do! ... You are wonderful!
Katie Wetzel, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon
Very large and impressive site dedicated to the Central Pacific Railroad. It
contains much more than just photographs! This site has an amazing amount of
information on the Central Pacific Railroad! Peter J. McClosky's Southern Pacific Railroad Web Resources Lycos
Network most popular "transcontinental railroad" Web Site.
Hit most popular "transcontinental railroad" Web Site. Thanks ... this was so easy to find and it
had enough info. for 500 people to do homework "Pups16"
Congratulations to Grant Burkhardt and Derek Brouwer of Peters Township Middle
School, McMurray, PA, for winning bronze medals and a $250 check
in the 2004 National
History Day competition for their "Coupling a Nation: The Transcontinental
Railroad" project which included content from
Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum. The
Washington Observer Reporter – Washington,
Pennsylvania newspaper reports on July 21, 2004
third last month at College Park, Md.
The nearly 6-foot tall display was produced through 'exhaustive primary source
research, which included 19th century government documents, as well as diaries,
speeches, letters, telegram and newspaper articles form the 1860s and 1870s,'
said Vaughn Dailey, social studies teacher at Peters Township Middle School,
the pair recently completed eighth grade.
Before competing on the national level, the boys earned first place at the regional
competition in Pittsburgh and second place in the statewide contest at Penn
Dailey, faculty adviser for the many Peters Township students who participated
in History Day competition at various levels, said more than 700,000 students
nationwide prepared historical papers, exhibits, documentaries or performances
pertaining to the theme of this year's competition 'Exploration, Encounter,
Exchange in History.'"
Thanks – it was very exciting to win! We would like to ship the exhibit to
the National Park site in
Utah where the golden spike was driven in to complete
the transcontinental railroad. It's going to be on display at our school this
fall. It's a wonderful story to share.
Derek Brouwer and Grant Burkhardt
Hi, I am a 6th grade student doing a school project on the
Transcontinental Railroad. You have lots of great pictures under
your Homework Page. ...
Thank you for finding the picture for me and for all of you help. You have
been very nice. And thank you for the other picture ideas in your other
i am a young girl in school doing a project looking for information and all of it is from this sight so i just wanted to say thank you because you gave me an A
I am in seventh grade ... I'm doing a History
Day Paper on the First
Transcontinental Railroad. If you could please, I would like
you to send me any information on this topic. Any information
would be very helpful, Thank you for your time and effort.
Re: I've got less than 7 days to finish my assignment!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm doing the history fair project in the junior division on the Chinese
and the Transcontinental Railroad and I don't have enough sources, and I
can't find any more info on the subject than
I already have. The fair is in 7
days and I need help ... BAD! ... HELP ME QUICK PLEASE! ... If you
really help me you'd be greatly appreciated,
thank you! ...
I REALLY appreciate this alot and thank you TONS! ...
I am so glad I can actually have a website that I can get answers to my questions ...
Well, you see, all I need is info on the Transcontinental Railroad
and the people who built it for a thing that I and 2 others are doing in
Social Studies. We are making a cartoon movie thingy. I dont need
any pictures I just wanted the info on the
workers. Thank you for your time.
I want to use all of your pictures for homework and i need them by tomorrow. But
i know i shouldnt hold my breath for you to approve this in time. [Actually
did provide the pictures he needed with time to spare!]
what is a transcontinental railroad and what
is it made of?
I am not sure which pictures I want to use because I need this for a History project
and I may need probably 4 pictures from this
sight. Thankyou very much.
Im have to find [homework] pictures of the
transcontiental railroads the routes it was built which railroad was which and
what states the
railroad went through
I just need the information for my home work. please let me use it. This is errgent!
i would like permission to copy
all your pictures.i need them for a school project due wed.
Train Site Award of Excellence 2002
CONGRATULATIONS!! We have reviewed your site, and believe it deserves
the Minitrains Award 2002. It has been decided that your site deserves
4 stars. ... your website will be added to the list of winners 2002.
Thank you & Congratulations,
Marc Humphreys, Minitrains
Great web site ... Your site represents the very best of what the internet can be.
The clearly organized information coupled with a wealth of wonderful photographs
can only help to keep alive the remarkable achievement that the workers
and directors of the Central Pacific played in our nation's history.
A life long resident of our East coast, I may never visit the sites firsthand,
but your "virtual" tour is just amazing.
David Huggins, Ballston Lake, NY
... Last year, I taught the interactive RR game to
the 4th grade class at St. Raphael School
in San Rafael, CA ... They loved it!
... I would like to
use the game to teach again this year ...
Last year I developed some additional materials to go with the game ... I am
attaching a math
sheet I put together to use with the game ... I also
developed some questions
to go with each class we did so the kids wouldn't just speed through the web
Finally, the kids from last year wrote thank you notes to you for letting them
use the site. I would really like to send those, along with a $100 donation
for this fantastic site. ...
Our school really loves this site, and the parents have raved about how much
their kids enjoy it. We also have one parent who works at the San Francisco
cable car, and brought in ties, a rail section, maul and spikes so the kids
really get a feel for what back-breaking work building the railroad was.
Thanks again for making the whole lesson possible!
... Thanks for doing this ...
We finished the railroad project today and the kids had loads of fun once
again. We finished off with the skit
for the last spike ceremony. ... I have
the ghosts of Judah and Lincoln having a say in this. I debated about having
their wives speak instead ....
Thank you again for letting us use the site. ...
Keep up the good work! Jeanmarie Alo
[P.S.] ... I've also sent you the questions
I used for 2 days of the project.
... please feel free to use them! Another activity we did was to have the kids
pretend they had a friend working on the other team and write their friend
a letter about the hardships and events their team experienced. For the last
day of the project, I wrote a skit for the golden spike ceremony ... I'm happy
to share it with you ... Thank you again for letting us use this wonderful
... Here ... are the thank you letters from last year's 4th grade class:
April 10, 2002
To the Central Pacific Railroad Museum,
Thank you for letting us use the computer
program. It was exciting! I learned
a lot about the railroad. I was on the Central Pacific team. Sincerely, —J.A.,
4th grade, St. Raphael School
Thank you for helping us with our progect. Maybe you can help us again
next year with the Amazon
Trail. Sincerely, —J.P.T
Thank you for letting us use the Transcontinental Railroad website. I really
liked that website. I liked it so much I went past the areas we were not
supposed to pass. I really enjoyed learning about it. It was great. Sincerely,
Thank you for allowing us to use you railroad program to learn about the
railroad. The program was fun. We had fun and learned. Sincerely, —J.K.,
Thank you for letting us use your computer game. I think it was realy fun.
I think you guys did not have enouf information on when Greenvill Dodge
got kidnapped. Sincerely, —J.G.
Thank you for letting us use your game to do our railroad project. You
made it easier to learn about the railroad and how it came to be. Thanks
Thank you for letting us use your computer program for our education. I
really liked how we kind of didn't know what was going to happen. Sincerely,
—D.O., 4th Grade
Thank you for letting us (Saint Raphael School) use your website. It was
fun and educational. I like your site. Sincerely, —C.V., grade 4
I bet you must have taken lots and lots of time to allow us to use your
computer game to learn about the Railroad. I like the number picking game
on the computer. I found many thing out that I didn't know. From, —J.T.
Thank you for the computer program. It was fun. I learned alot from it.
I learned it was not a easy job for the workers. Sincerely, —M.O.
Thank you for making the computer program and letting us use it to play
and letting us get real railroad spikes after. I liked the game. It was fun
to anwser questions and be two companies. Sincerely, —D.
Thank you for letting our class use the transcontinetal railroad game.
It was cool. I enjoyed it. I learned a lot. From, —K.K., age:10 4th Grade,
St. Raphael School
Thank you for researching the railroad. I learned about transcontinental
trains. From, —G.
Thank you for letting us use your program. It was very very hard but fun.
It was also educational because it taught us some history and helped my history
grade. from, —B. in the 4th grade
Thank you for letting us play the computer program. It was fun working
on the transcontinetal railroad. I liked it a lot. It was fun. from, —B.C.,
Thank you for letting us use your computer program for our railroad project.
I thought the there were to many paragraphs but they were full of interesting
information. My favorite parts was picking numbers to determine what will
happen. Sincerely, —C.H.
Thank you for letting us use your computer program. It was fun learning
about the transcontinental railroad. Sincerely, —A.F.
Thanks for letting us use your computer program and to let us know about
the Transcontinental Rail Road. Signed, —R.
Thank you for your computer program to learn about the transcontinental
railroad. Sincerely, —G.
My son is in 4th grade ... He chose the Building of the CPRR across the Sierras
as his final project, since we often drive past all the snowsheds going to Lake
Tahoe several times a year and have seen the RR exhibit at the museum at Donner
Pass Park. He has to write a 3 page paper, do an oral report, and is building
a small model of the mountains, a tunnel, and a snowshed.
... your site is great!
Thank you so much for the tips!
Site du Jour of the Day February 11, 2002
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History
Museum Turning a journey of six months into one that lasted a mere six days
must have changed the world. On May 10, 1869 the Central Pacific Railroad
and the Union Pacific Railroad connected not far from the Great Salt Lake
at Promontory Summit, Utah changing forever the distance between the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans. Much has been written about the events leading up to
that day, with construction of the lines and the business aspect of crossing
the continent. The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
looks at the history of the Central Pacific Railroad through eyewitness
accounts, thousands of photographs, and even outside pointers to things
like the Transcontinental
Railroad Lesson Plans from The West Film Project and PBS. A fascinating
Edward J. Pelegrino, Visit
the Site du Jour of the Day Archives The Great Railroad Race Game... This is a fabulous resource ... ! Linda
The Rails! An Adventure on the Transcontinental Railroad designed for
My 5th grade class is working on a westward expansion project and these images will make it all the more real to them.
Thank you. Deborah Cheney
Compliments: You have one of the best web sites I've seen. Very comprehensive and interesting. I know this took a lot of effort. Congratulations!
You made my day when you made me belly-laugh while reading your disclaimers on the ordering/permissions page: " ... and I agree not to feign shock and surprise when the bill arrives." Now, THAT was funny ...
Kim Glemboski, The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies
... I LOVE your web site and have learned so much from reading all
of your materials on the web.
Katie Wetzel, Recreation Planner, Medford District, Bureau of Land Management,
United States Department of the Interior
... Thanks very much for supervising this highly
informative [discussion group].
I think your site is the most professional and educational I've seen, including what is available here in Omaha. ...
Richard L. Baumer
Your CPRR website is most comprehensive and very educational. There are so many Jackson, Russell and Savage stereo views that interest me and the documentary information is invaluable. ... Thank you for all your work in creating such a wonderful website. I use it quite frequently and find it most useful. Your work is a great success!!!!!
Susan Williams, former Curator, Oakland Museum
... highly recommended that CPRR.org is a great source on the history for the
role of Chinese labors in the Central Pacific Railroad construction, and very
happy to know that you contain a great deal of detail contents, photos and pictures
reflecting the history of Chinese labors work and life in building the Central
Pacific Railroad. ... Thank you very much ... The images are so
great ... really appreciate your
Tiantian Qin, Editor, China Intercontinental Press, Beijing, China
Wow! What a spectacularly thorough and beautiful site!
I can't think of anything that even comes close in breadth, depth, completeness,
scholarship ... I can see it will take many return visits even to begin
to comprehend & explore it, and I will be happy to make them.
... gorgeous project ...
Steve Delibert, President, Ulster
and Delaware Railroad Historical Society
It was with great pleasure that I found your site. Train travel
has always been my favorite way to go. I have traveled the rails
both here in the US and in Europe.
Last year I made an art piece relating to trains.
It is called "The Song of the Train." [see photo] ...
Keep up the great work on the best train site
on the net. Wyman
WOW! What a fabulous web site you have put together! I
am blown away. I am just now reading David
Bain's incredible book, "Empire Express." ... It's just like being
there. My interest in the CPRR is that my grandmother was Ada West,
and her grandfather was Chauncey
W. West. He was the Mormon
Bishop whom Brigham Young asked to handle the construction of the CPRR
through western Utah. Thanks again for a terrific web site. ...
Steele, St. Louis, Mo. ... great site. ... What a gold mine ...
This award-winning site, from the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History
Museum, tells the story of the Central Pacific Railroad with photographs and colorful
period illustrations. Brief captions and explanatory notes accompany the photos.
Since the site is extensive, you may want to preview it and then guide students
to specific photos and links. MacMillan/McGraw
Hill Social Studies
We love this website.
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
A documentary and photographic history of the building of the transcontinental railroad, this online museum pays particular attention to the contributions of Chinese
Americans during the construction of this watershed transportation system. Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Bill Moyers, PBS
I would like to complement you on your website. The comprehensive
historical record of Chinese Immigrants in American history was
profound. Thank you. ... I [was] fortunate to work with Aki Aleong, on the movie Chinaman's Chance ... as ... Art Director.
I enjoyed your site.
I studied it for months. It was a great source of knowledge and
I LOVE your site. I LOVE the old photos! and the ads. They are GREAT!
Melita V Podesta, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Thanks for your efforts to preserve this significant part of American infrastructure history.
Eliot A. Keller
... fantastic source of early CP/SP photos and maps SP Pages Website
... very impressive website ... I enjoyed seeing President
Lincoln's signature and the handwriting on the 1862 [Pacific Railroad] act.
I have enjoyed viewing your website and have increased knowledge and
Kathleen Garton, High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
... beautiful and stunning website ...
Patrick Keeler, Art Director, CMagazine
... The museum's collection is great! I've been reading it for years. ... Darwin Roberts
We ... were enormously impressed with the depth, variety, and resources you have included in this website. What a fabulous resource! Thanks to all of those who have contributed to such a wonderful historic resource; the librarians here have enjoyed this ... Salem Public Library Reference Staff
... The CPRR website looks great. ...
This is a wonderful site!
Thank you so much for putting this all together. I could spend days pouring through all the excellent articles, and especially the fascinating pictures. It would be nice to be able to download the pictures, but I understand the legalese involved. I am a college student in Oregon, and would someday like to reinvigorate the American passenger rail network. Our government spends billions every year bailing out the airlines while our passenger rail system is rusting away. With the right amount of investment money I believe one could reap enormous profits on high-speed passenger rail service. Thanks again for an excellent site, I have truly enjoyed it!
... I love your virtual museum. It is very informative, to say the least. ...
This is the most outstanding web site I have ever visited been on the internet
since it first started. ... I would like to support your efforts in continuing
this wonderful web site. ... Please keep up the good work and I will send others to your web site. Thanks.
Great Site! ... Just dropping a note to say great site ... lots of wonderful info. Excellent work. ...
Wanted to thank you so much for the photos, I got an A on the poster ... for
a college presentation on Chinese railroad workers. ... Thank you for your wonderful web site.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful website with an enormous amount
of information about the CPRR. My husband and I have been doing research
the on Pullman sleeping
cars and I appreciated being able to read about some
the history which you have provided. My husband, Roy Koch, has acquired
wood panels from the old
Pullman sleeping cars. These came
to him by way of his grandfather Koch who was the owner of the Koch Brothers
Foundry in Harvey, Illinois and turned (machined) the wheels for the
I have attached a picture of one of the wood panels. ...
Pullman Sleeping Car Wooden Door Marquetry Panel, c. 1880. Courtesy Rosemary Koch.
This incredibly comprehensive collection of visual and print resources
focuses on the Central Pacific. Included are 19th Century newspaper
and magazine articles, stereograph
pictures, chromolithographs, first-person
accounts, and much, much more. You can view the history of the railroad
in stamps, see original railroad pictorial
read an 1884 railroad construction manual, or learn about the general history
of photography during that era. This
thorough site is a must-see for anyone studying any aspect of early railroad
Searchopolis Education Resource Center
Your site is so resourceful! ... We are linking to your
Web site from a site we are constructing [for the] ... "PROMONTORY"
documentary, produced by Ken Verdoia.
KUED, Utah Public Television
[University of Utah]
You have a wonderful website! ...
... You have an excellent site that has made our research [for] the
much easier. ... Thanks again,
Bonnie Walstrom for the Franklin
Institute After reading Stephen Ambrose's book
and having just purchased David Bain's, I found your site. Incredible!
Thank you for all the work, I look forward to exploring it in the coming
A great page!
Loren, California History Oh my gosh!!!!! This is terrific! ... marvelous site ...
fantastic online resources ... will make this classroom learning experience
so much richer for teachers and students ... collaborative opportunity.
Memory Project, NDLP, Library of Congress
Congratulations! Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History
Museum has qualified to display the Geography World Gold Award.
I really enjoyed the Maps section.
You have obviously spent a great deal of time working on this site.
It is quite impressive. Keep up the good work and I wish you the
best on your Website efforts.
Congratulations on your wonderful site.
... Congratulations! Your site was chosen among thousands of
web sites reviewed for The Busy Educator Award. ... You did a great job
on this site. Well done! ... pleased to award your site the Busy
The Busy Educator's Guide To The World Wide Web
This is a great site and I love it! It was so helpful for me
and my Transcontinental RR history paper. You all should feel very
proud for preserving history in such a grand manner.
-The youth of America that is obsessed with trains
Great CPRR site with lots of Alfred
Hart stereographs and other great images and information.
the best antique photography links page on planet earth!"
Love your history on railroad. ... I wish I had all the knowledge that you have
with your history. ... Keep up the good work.
I am a student in 7th grade and right now we are doing a project on the Transcontinental
Railroad. I discovered your site last nite and found a really impressive map.
... I found a bunch of wonderful pictures and maps that I am going to use on
my brochure ... It fits the requirement perfectly. Thank you so much your your
time! I really appreciateit, you have been very helpful!
Magnificent work! Thanks.
I just finished Stephen Ambrose's book: "Nothing like it in the world". Thought
I'd look online to see if there was anything I might find. Amazing. And, I
notice, that your work is relatively recent. It is exceptional. Someone really
should think about preserving the original line - it is such an important part
of our heritage. Also, now that the summit tunnel is no longer used, it really
should be returned to its 19c condition without the concrete snowsheds - making
it a living history museum in effect.
... incredible work on the CPRR ... the current
the topographical maps indicating locations ... We are ... enjoying the
information, pics, topo overlay, etc. - immensely. This site is truly an
incredible work! Many thanks for the wonderful enjoyment that your family
endeavor has provided to many other families!!
Ray Pronovost, Los Angeles, CA
... thank you for that superb CPRR website. You have done a LOT of work.
Carl Rodolf, Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter archivist and treasurer
What a wonderful site. One could spend hours looking through
the different segments.
Thanks for adding ... one more piece of the puzzle.
Bob Spude, Historian, National ParkService
... Articles and exhibits with ... historic images including much
primary source material of interest to educators and historians are are
available to view online. There is also an elementary education simulation
game included on the CPRR Museum website designed for grade 4
and up. The Interactive Railroad Project/ elementary education simulation
game is located at: http://CPRR.org/Game The Busy Educator's
You've got a great resource tool, keep up the good work.
... we promote Chinese American history and are a volunteer group. ... We really
want a wide audience to know about this important
history and the great website you have. ... Your CPRR website is amazing.
... impressed with all of the history involved. Marvelous!!!
... nice selection of online articles and
Academic Info Best of History Resources Worldwide
Intellectual Inquiry: History great website
Some great old photos and good information about the building of the
The Overland Trail:
Railroads West The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum exhibits
stereoviews, engravings, maps,
and documents illustrating the history
of the first transcontinental railroad. Detailed discussion of the photographic
processes used to create the images are included. There is also dicussion
of the contribution of the Chinese workers who
helped build the railroad.
Author: CPRR.org (museum@CPRR.org)
& Technology--Transportation--Trains Arts
& Humanities--Fine Arts--Photography Keywords: railroad; construction;
Chinese The Internet Public Library,
Reference A very nice site. ...
(Ferroequinology is the study of iron
slice o' pie — best sites for families on the Net! I'm adding [the CPRR Museum] to ... my book ... The Internet
Kids & Family Yellow Pages ... Only the top sites make
it into this book as I am very picky! Congratulations!
Jean Armour Polly
Author, The Internet
Kids & Family Yellow Pages
An awesome site. I actually have a stereo
viewer which enabled me to view some of the stereo photos. I
never thought a 19th century product would work on the web at the dawn
of the 21st century! May many a train/ history/ photography enthusiast
visit you, both in person and vicariously (like me) through the web.
Thank you for all the things you have done for me. James Barkley
Thank you so much for your wonderful knowledge and advice. ... I had never given any thought to the railroad and our family history until I saw [my grandmother's railroad land deed] and started reading your website. I admire all those who have researched and taken the time to write your website. It must have taken years to recover such a long history spanned over miles and miles of country!
I was just looking at your [BMLRR] historic photo pages
and was very impressed with the absolutely great information, drawingsand photosyou
Frank L. Carbalan
... all I can say is WOW! You certainly have done a lot of research on the B
& ML. ...
... thanks for the narrative on the photos, you put alot of time and effort into restoration and I'm very greatful. Again thanks.
Joey Feero, Brooks Maine
... Very interesting website! Thank you for sharing that with us. ... Helen and Peter Frusetta
This is a truly remarkable website, thank you for sharing
these wonderful photographs and histories of one of America's most outstanding
achievements. The building of the transcontinental railroad was simply a magnificent
accomplishment, a chapter in itself, in the building of a nation. This website
is a spectacular way to remind people of the blood, sweat, and tears needed to
accomplish this Herculean feat.
I haven't the vocabulary needed to express my thanks for letting me see this
museum on-line. Some people think your User Agreement is harsh. Too bad for them!
It doesn't take a three digit IQ to see the value and the cost of these exhibits.
I do not understand the mentality of those people. Do they expect to take home
exhibits from a real (as opposed to virtual) museum, like the Smithsonian Institute?
Why should this be any different.
.... As it is, I can visit whenever I like and if I desire to
share with a friend, all I need do is send them the URL ...
What could be simpler? That I can visit all the exhibits for free is a wonder
in itself; for that I am humbly grateful.
At the risk of being redundant, Thank You! ...
... you [are] due a great deal of respect, admiration, and gratitude for all
work and effort involved with assembling such a massive undertaking. It is
like, on a much smaller scale of course, the original building of that
railroad. ... I loved the stereo pictures! I'd
look at them and set my eyes such that I got both sides merged and into
focus, realizing the full stereoscopic view. Wow! Some of those picture were
taken by true photographic pioneering geniuses as well. They went where the
pictures were, even at the risk of great personal danger. I particularly
loved the one taken from the top of the locomotive cab, looking down on the
boiler and smokestack of the moving train. That was truly magnificent!
Wow, what a site ...
... Terrific site.
First of all, I'd like to thank you for being so generous in displaying these
pictures. They really helped me find a sense of tradition in my culture as a
Chinese American in the United States.
I am a high school junior writing a research paper for my final. My research
topic concerns Chinese immigrant labor and underrepresentation in the 1850-70's....
However you also have a photo that is worth a lot to me. I found out that the
A.J. Russell Stereoview #539–"Chinese
at Laying Last Rail UPRR," may be
only photographic record of the Chinese role in the Last Rail ceremony. If
... my teacher can make
out the Chinese faces, I will be able to prove that the Chinese were in fact
working at the Last Rail Ceremony and in fact had been asked to leave
while taking "Meeting
of the Railroads."... Thank you for making my junior year that
you. ... This is terrific help.
Mary Chen-Johnson, Tacoma Community College
... absolutely fascinating ... wanted to thank you for the depth and accuracy of your efforts. ... You have my admiration and appreciation.
The Great Railroad Race Game
... This is a fabulous resource ... Riding
An Adventure on the Transcontinental Railroad
designed for third graders by
... I am in the 7th Grade at High Point
Academy in Pasadena, California. My
friends and I are working on a group history research project. We have decided
to film a documentary on the Central Pacific Railroad that we will submit to
National History Day. ... I was cruising the internet and I saw your wonderful
Thanks for your quick and fantastic response. I'm really impressed. [You are] to be congratulated for a job well done!
Thank you all for your wonderful and detailed answers. They were just what
I needed. ...
... the CPPR Museum ...is the absolute best site on the Internet. ...
As a research
historian I was beside myself when I found your map
of the "Railroad along the Old Emigrant Road From Wadsworth, Nevada". This
was done in February of 1869 ... I am a member of various emigrant trail preservation
groups and this map is one of the most accurate I've seen in years,
and its value in accurately marking sections of trail is of immense historical
value. ... As you may recall, you gave me permission to use some of your Horn's
[1852 Emigrant Guide] information. ... "Emigrant Shadows" was released
last week [Sept., 2002]. Released on the same date was "The Emigrants Passed
This Way." That was a fun project also. Written by the late Dr. Everett
W. Harris, I had the pleasure of pouring over his notes and initial manuscript,
that the Harris family had found boxed and forgotten for decades. Included
were photographs and negatives. Dr. Harris studied the emigrant trails from the
through the 1970s, passing away in 1983. A consultant on this project, I also
compiled, organized and transcribed his notes and manuscript for publication.
Emigrant trails and iron rails are inter-married in the pages of history, so
I thought you would enjoy hearing that more pages linking us to the past have
been printed. The CPRR site is the best on the
trust me! Everytime I visit, there is always something
and exciting! I always have a "rail good time." It keeps me "on
track." Keep up the outstanding work! ... your website ... is already the
best on the Internet ...
Robert Joe King
Thanks ... a wonderful website ...
... I loved the pictures on this website ...
Mandy Murawski, Austin Peay State University
... really wonderful site because of so much information. ...
... Thanks ... What a great website. I hope you always keep
this available. School kids should use a computer for this sort of information
and fun ... What a great note. I am so impressed by your response and efforts
to help me in my search ... Thanks so much for your help. I will pass along
the address of this site to my many RR colleagues and of your efforts to be
a source of help and inspiration. ...
... I love your restoration [of] ... CDVs
of Early Locomotive Engineers.
You have a WONDERFUL site ... thank you so much for all your work and dedication
in putting it together and maintaining it! ...
Joan Merriam, Nevada City, CA
Congratulations on your excellent ... wonderfully comprehensive ... web site,
I have explored with
great interest (especially the FAQ kindly
mentioning my book!).
... full of great information. John Pitt,
author of the guide
book USA by Rail CPRR
Photographic History Museum - In Memoriam View an original copy of Leland
Stanford's memorial written to Theodore Judah.
LookSmart World - Theodore Judah
CPRR Museum, winner of the "Critical Mass Award".
Congratulations!! ... A very nice site, excellent design, tasteful
original graphics, great photos, and you provide your visitors with content
that is informative, entertaining, presented well and easy to access. A
worthy tribute and a positive contribution to the Web. Thanks for
helping make the Web a more interesting, educational and attractive place
to visit. I really enjoyed my visit to your site ... posted on the "Winners
List" ... a little well deserved recognition and a small token of appreciation
for alot of hard work ... You've done a great job on your site!
... I remember receiving a question over a year ago from someone looking
for information on whether Chinese used any engineering methods from their
homeland during railroad construction. We were unable to find a resource
at the time, but I noticed the statement on your page,
which on the topic: "To conquer the many sheer embankments, the Chinese
workers used techniques they had learned in China to complete similar tasks.
" Nice to have a referral for the future.
Irene Rutledge, Pro Bono Webmaster, Chinese
Historical and Cultural Project Excellent site! ...
WHEELS Museum Your site is absolutely, positively, one of the finest I have EVER
encountered on the web. The amount of research necessary to construct
the site must have been staggering. As I live in Dutch Flat, I have
an interest in not only the transcontinental railroad itself (which runs
about 750' from my home) but the CPRR and local history as well.
Congratulations on such an outstanding website.
Again, thank you for such a quick response. I was amazed!
Janet A. Dustin,
National Geographic Society
Just viewed your web site and found it to be extremely informative and well designed. ...
This is all extremely helpful. Thanks again.
This is a story I wrote about a year ago about some experiences with my son on
the Transcontinental Railroad. ...
Wow, that is incredible! I had no idea you were doing something that nice. I am humbled and honored to be a part of your site. I love the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and it is a big thrill to have you use my story.
great website!!!...Thanks for sharing the Clement
James E. Murphy
... what an awesome website.
Lee Adams III, Downieville, CA
I'm certainly impressed with your web site. You did a great job with
the Stereo World photos, they look
much better on your site than they do in the magazines. ... Please feel
free to let us know if we can help with any of your future projects.
Don Gibbs, National
... one of our favorite Museums ... Enjoy what you are
doing for the interest
history of the CPRR.
Keep up the great work. ... Your work has more credibility than any other
source so far ... Thanks for the opportunity to further comment. I just
finished reviewing the Bowman paper
["Driving the Last Spike"] and commend you for all your work in not
only adding this treatise to your web page but tying all the related information,
photos, bio sketches and the like to the story. I think what you have done
is great. I only hope that the folks that review your web page appreciate
what you have done. ... It is my opinion that your CPRR.org
is fast becoming the source of ACCURATE information for serious
students of history ... thank you for all you are doing for all of
us who are interested in the truth of history of the Central Pacific railroad.
Your source material has certainly made it possible for everyone to have ready
access to heretofore unavailable contemporary documents and photographs. ...
note of thanks to the [CPRR Museum
for all it] has done to promote these discussions on
the history of the Central Pacific Railroad, 1863-1869. Copies of much of the
for the ... research can be found
the excellent website "CPRR.org" which makes it possible for
many interested researchers and students of the First Transcontinental Railroad
view much of the original documentation and photographs previously only available
to researchers who were
able to visit, or better yet, work at the various historical Libraries and Museums.
I owe ... a debt of gratitude for what the CPRR Museum has done, and for bringing
those serious railroad historians who have shared their expertise with us all.
... With warmest regards, and thanks for all you do,
Edson T. Strobridge
Congratulations, your site has been reviewed and will receive the recently
artist award ... given to only the best of railroad related sites.
... I will be featuring your site in my winners column.
Roger S. Gilbert
Great web site ...
Jim Wade Best Website in the World:
Hello, just wanted you to know how much I like your web site. I am a
history buff and a librarian and see lots of
web pages but yours is the best I've ever come across.
There is so much wonderful information, so many links and
pictures, all I can say is WOW. Keep up the good work :)
... what a great website you have. You have done a great job putting together this information. ...
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the help ... not to mention the quick reply.
Jeff D. Pieros
Nice design. :-)
This site is unbelievable. It is fabulous. I thank you for all
the effort that went into this project. I wish I was still teaching school as
I would have my students working on this site every semester. I found you by
Thank you for a great job, keep up the incredible work.
The maps are great.
Thanks again for the great job you did of putting together the Summit
Tunnel picture page and associated elements!!! [The exhibit of
from the book "Our Native Land" is also] excellent.
I am a computer professional in Sunnyvale, California. I manage
large computing infrastructure including web servers. I just wanted
to drop you a note and say that I found your site one of the most professional
and entertaining sites I have seen. My 3 year old son and I visit
often and he loves to hear about the trains and see the pictures.
I have just finished a book about this subject and equally enjoy all the
information you have collected. Thanks for putting up one of the
best web sites I have seen.
... a very nice Web site ...
Susan Snyder, columnist, Las Vegas Sun
Congratulations on an excellent and most entertaining web
site. Thank you for doing this.
... wildly successful web site ... I would suggest the Central Pacific
Railroad Photographic History Museum as a source for a great deal of contemporary
info on the Chinese building the Central Pacific.
There is an internal Google search engine
on the site. ... extensive web site ... a major reference source of information
on the Transcontinental Railroad ... The CPRR Museum has been very careful to
protect copy rights and interests of individuals and organizations who make
images available to them ...
Kyle Williams Wyatt, Curator of History & Technology, California State Railroad
[from the R&LHS Newsgroup]
... Thank you for your help. Your website has been a very valuable tool in our exhibit research.
The Flagler Museum
Thank you for the great information. ...
Janet L. Kendall, UC Berkeley
... I am always amazed at the depth and quality of the Central Pacific Museum. ...
Larry Mullaly, Central Point, Oregon
FABULOUS RAILROAD PICTURE SITE!! (My Favorite)
... such a grand website! ... Your website impressed me because the pictures
big and you can really get a feel for the images and the details! Great job!!
... It was very interesting
to learn about all of the hard work and endurance that contributed to the railroad
project! Your ... great great grandfather really
had his work cut out for
him over those mountains! ... Continued success with the museum website!! Alicia Reese
I just have to say it What a wonderful and comprehensive site, it has gone straight in to my Favourites! Thank you.
M. Middlehurst, Tynewydd, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK
... I am a sophomore in high school and your site is the best I've found.
I am writing to tell you that I find your site very interesting and
useful, and will be providing the URL as a resource to my students ... for study
and research purposes ...
Jennifer Turner, Avon Maitland Distance Education
Centre, Ontario an online learning initiative which offers
Ontario high school credit courses through electronic distance education.
... I love your site. I spend hours on it every week. ... Eduardo Sanchez, Motion Picture Writer/Director
... a vast collection of online materials documenting the history of the Central Pacific Railroad and rail travel, including more than 400 railroad and travel maps. Maps range from tourist
guides to land office maps to summit
contour maps. David T. Stephens,
George Mason University,
History Matters: Making
Sense of Maps
Your website is incredibly informative! ...
Extensive collection of photographs related to building the Central Pacific Railroad, as well as its early years of operation. Includes some now
(1997) and then (1868) comparison photos. Library of Congress, American Memory Project, Development of the Industrial United States
WONDERFUL WEB PAGES
Exciting, colorful, reflective of a lot of hard work. I am recommending all of your pages and links to a friend who is adopting my deceased father's O gauge train collection. I know he will be thrilled to explore all the great information you've offered AND he will be annoyed with me at the same time while he loses many hours exploring and relishing your site.
It's all wonderful!
... Thanks for having a fantastic site!
John D'Angelo, Associate Editor, Virtual Railroader
... a wealth of information, photographs, and links related to the Chinese-American
laborers who built the railroad.
Solano Ferry Model
Greetings! I finally had some spare time to look at the Solano
website. Wow!! It is wonderful!!! I was fortunate enough to see the model on
display at the train show ... You guys have definitely done a superb job!! ...
What an awesome web site!
Scott Havener, CubScout Leader, Strasburg, Colorado
... your website ... is fabulous. ... I have been using your website as a resource
Just a quick note to say that I have just viewed your ... CPRR
Sierra Grade Images
Exhibit ... photographs and that
think they are fantastic. Well done! ... it's obvious right off how much work
and love has gone into the project and wanted to briefly pass on my admiration
of your work.
... It must have been an incredible experience for you to actually be standing
at those sites for the first time.
John van den Akker, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
... I was really impressed to see this and the work that you have put in it to make a Good page ...
I have visited your site many times and ... I'm glad I'm able to contribute to
already impressive archives. ... I was gratified to see the stereo ... A. J.
Russell Stereoview #539. "Chinese at
Laying Last Rail UPRR" ... featured
prominently in the section on the Chinese. It really does confirm the eyewitness
of the activities that morning as well as filling a missing hole in the Russell
catalogue. ... Zooming in on the hi-res scan is an experience too ...
The area showing the workers can really be "blown up" to where the
viewer almost feels like he is in the scene. ... Keep up the good
Phil Anderson, Hermosa Beach, CA
Great Site ... Loved your site. I found it via Stereo
Wonderful history here.
This is a great site with lots of information. ...
Very helpful to me ... thank you very much. ...
I just want to take a few seconds to thank you for all of your help. I
truly can't imagine doing the research for this project [for a motion
Hollywood movie studio
about the building of the transcontinental
railroad] without your
assistance. ... I'm currently transcribing all of the newspaper
articles. They are absolutely fabulous. Thank You! Thank
You! Thank You! ...
News reports that "Movie titans Steven Spielberg and
Martin Scorsese are to join forces on a future film project about the American
Spielberg's production company Dreamworks will produce and Scorsese will direct
the film, titled Into The Setting Sun, according to Hollywood trade paper Variety.
No script yet exists, however it is reported that Bill Wittliff, writer of
Legends of the Fall and The Perfect Storm, has been handed the script-writing
Your web page ... is a terrific tool! ... Nice to have this [CPRR
Bob Spude, Historian, Cultural Resources Management, National Park Service, Intermountain Region
Chinese American Contribution to the Transcontinental
Railroad — Extensive site from the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic
History Museum that pays tribute to Chinese contributions to the building
of the American transcontinental railroad.
Library of Congress,
Memory Project, U.S
and Multicultural History Learning Page Resources
... a great deal of information, and many images, online. West Web, Crossing the Great Divide: Transportation in the West, College of Staten
Thank you so much for sending the addresses of the Mormon-related
materials on your site. However, I simply went to the opening page and used the "search
the site" feature to locate those and more. Quite a site and a remarkable number of hits in five years! I looked at a lot of the graphics and read many of the articles. I especially enjoyed John
Stewart's article on the role of Utahns in the building of the railroad and the one on Clement. Because I am a retired newspaper editor, I usually notice little errors in spelling and grammar in anything I read, but on your website I noticed only one problem - two words that were not separated by a space!! And the graphics are phenomenal. I have worked with web pages and graphics with limited success so I have some idea how difficult it must be to achieve the artistic qualities of your pages. Congratulations. No wonder you have so
many visitors. Velton Peabody Great online museum!!!!
John and Liz Wear
... wonderful website. ...
Celena Cipriaso, Iginition Point Studios
Gee, I got so many offers of help from so many people that I don't know where to begin the "Thank You's." ...
A fantastic website! I'm also a collector of Hart, Pond, Houseworth,
etc. and live in Sacramento. My goal is to photograph some
of the old locations such as Cape Horn,
etc. in 3D as they look today but trying to be as close as possible to
where the [original] photograph was taken. ... That is a fine
of the tunnels and good information to keep.
Milikien An incredible treasure trove of historic photographs relating to the
development of railroads. Includes pictures of Chinese
Guilded Age WebQuest: Documenting Industrialization in America
You did an awesome job with the [locomotive
exhibit]! ... lol your website addition is
awesome. ... so exciting. It's amazing what
... I have found the information on the CPRR Museum site fascinating. ...
Wow ... What a wonderful site! I love the gigantic images.
Sure it takes
forever, but if youre looking at a railroad map and
cant read the words, whats the point? ...
Umm ... wow again. I'm shocked. In a good way. THANK YOU!!!!
I've been hunting high and low for a map
of railroad routes and stations
before 1869 for ages and have never been able to find one. Thank you so
much! You folks are really incredibly nice. And thanks for taking the
time to write a personal reply. Sandra Olsen
Love the summit
I dream of having the same adventure as you someday. ...How I wish I was back
in that area now. Perhaps I shall
be so lucky to get a tour sometime.
... you have a Wonderful and informative Web Site. ...
What an outstanding use of the technology the internet provides us. This
web site is a remarkable compilation of an even more remarkable achievement in
our nation's history. Thank you for providing this historical information to
millions of people.
David Huggins, Ballston Lake, NY
(only a few miles from the Saratoga Springs to North Creek, NY RR built by
Thomas Durant in 1871)
Great pictures of the building of the transcontinental railroad
Ginnie Daniel, Camino Pablo School, Moraga, Contra Costa County, California
What a wonderful site. One could spend hours looking through
the different segments. ...
Thank youfor the info you sent to me. It was perfect!
An absolutely outstanding website!! I learned more from this website than I
did in my Bachelor's program in the early 60's majoring in History of the
Duane Chism, San Antonio, TX
I found your website very interesting and informative. ...
Thank you ... —fantastic site! I will ... do a short article
on it for our next newsletter ... I just did some research for a
client interested in the SPRR and will also refer him to your website for
the research sources you have links
to. Keep up the great work!
Beth Fay, MLIS, Historical Researcher, Arizona Photographic Collectors
Chinese American Contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad – Extensive
site from the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum that pays
tribute to Chinese contributions to the building of the American transcontinental
railroad. Library of Congress, American
Memory Project, Learning Page
Thanks ... You railroad guys are really into this stuff! It's fantastic that you all are keeping the history alive. I'm duly impressed.
I have enjoyed your site immensely. It is exceptionally well done. I am an
amateur RR historian and RR collector and have an interest in the CPRR and its
successors. On your site is a display with three of the four known CPRR Railway
police badges in existence, dating from the early 1870's to about 1900. I happen
to own the fourth one (it looks exactly like the one on your site numbered "57"
with a different number) ...
I pulled up your web site and found it very interesting. A lot of work
went into producing this. Congratulations !!
Robert Lynn, The Franklin Bookstore
Kudos from SF City guides:
....I have emailed [the location of your Palace
Hotel history page] to all of
Palace Hotel guides. In fact it was on our agenda again last Saturday, during
regular meeting. I was also very excited to scan the rest of the Central
Pacific Railroad site because it contained a number of other pictures of the
original hotel. Coincidentally I found the same pictures in the History
Center of the Main [San Francisco] Library. They had a copy of the
promotional brochure that contained the photos, and I'd made photocopies for
the Palace guides. I much prefer having [your] electronic copies available!
... The next
meeting of the Palace Hotel guides is ... If
you can make it, we'll make you our Guest of Honor! ... the group is voracious
for history in general, and
especially history related to the Palace Hotel and San Francisco during the
Rob Spoor, San Francisco City Guides
Folks, this is wonderful. So much information. I will be
Thank you very much for the permission to use the photograph of Locomotive 29. It is essential to my project. Thanks again.
A lovely site of railroad history. In addition to lots of photographs
& stereographs, they have scanned or
reprinted much 19th-century writing about this railroad's construction
and ancillary topics. You could get lost for hours here, reading about
through the Sierra Nevada or train robberies
or overland travel or just looking at classic pictures.
Mike Gunderloy's Weblog
Central Pacific Railroad: Photographic History Museum
Resource on the construction of the first American transcontinental rail line
in the 19th century, supported with an extensive image gallery comprising of
stereographs, engravings, maps, and photographs. Provides articles on railroad
and postal transport and the photography of the time. Also includes images and
notes on related collectibles such as stamps and letters, and features a list
of readings and links. ... Essay on the methods of developing and printing photographs with emphasis on
stereographs: double pictures used in landscape photography. Encylclopedia Britannica, The Web's Best Sites, History Museum
We'd be delighted to share Dr. Milgram's article ["By Train and by Stagecoach,
Transporting the Mail along the Transcontinental Railroad"] with your readers. ... I
opportunity of visiting your website and must say that, as a railroad buff,
I enjoyed it very much. Bonny Farmer, Editor, The American Philatelist
Your Palace Hotel web page is phenomenal ...
Michael Jawitz, Palace Hotel
... your site is a great boon to us all. ... Many thanks, [the locomotive
a wonderful page, like the entire museum. ... Thanks for your note, and especially
[the CPRR.org] website. ... Because I helped draw up the "new" color
Jupiter at the Golden Spike National Historic Site, I have an ongoing interest
in early locomotive
color schemes ... the Savage photo [is]
especially valuable for comparisons
to the "as built" appearance of Jupiter. I can't tell you how good
to have seen this for my research work.
The photo of Juno has been immeasurably helpful to establish that the paint
scheme on the Jupiter was also used on other Schenectady built engines on
the same road - and that Jupiter was not unique, but rather standard; in
other words, the Savage photo helps provide a context for the Jupiter.
You have a great page!!!
Carol Dean, Wyoming,
The Cowboy State and Utah,
The Beehive State
AWESOME web site.
Your site is wonderful! It's richly described and fascinating. ...
Aileen Ghee, Leen Productions
... I'm an avid railfan and rail historian. You have a great
site with lots of information. I especially enjoyed the maps
page - as that is another hobby (and source of income) of mine.
Our MapServer ... provide[s]
free online viewing of ... USGS Topographic maps ... an invaluable
service to railfans, rail historians, and the like.
Ed Lecuyer, Manager, Quality Assurance & Technical Support, Maptech,
Inc. ... you have a great site! ... Keep up the good work.
Paul Rascoe, Perry-Castañeda
Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin What a WONDERFUL web site!
Tom Philp, Associate Editor, Editorial Pages, Sacramento
Bee I am an eighth grade social studies teacher writing curriculum for
using the Internet with my classes. ... From an historian's
point of view, your site is fabulous. There are a lot of great multimedia
primary sources here that students will find fascinating. ...
Thank you SO much! ... I've been trying to sort out all the seemingly contradictory information, and your website has been of utmost value. ... Again, many thanks!
Sara Hudson, Yale University
... keep up the good work of providing the information that is on your web site.
Outstanding website. Thanks ...
Sun Mountain Books
The publishers of the virtual stamp exhibit EXPONET ...
largest philatelic project in the world ...greatly admire your exhibit ... "Postal
History of the First Transcontinental Railroad." ...
Thank you so much. You have a wonderful site!
Cheryl Guglielmo, Saint Martin's University
That is quite a nice website! Terrific job!! Knowing how
much work goes into maintaining a website, I can appreciate your efforts.
Dave Cramer, Railroad
I have to say first of all, what a fantastic site CPRR.org is. It's amazing.
... The map images are incredible
... Thank you very much for the reply. The information was very helpful. I
realize reading people's e-mail must be a thankless job sometimes, people
demanding information and never saying thanks. Well I just wanted to say
thanks. I appreciate your time.
... it seems like your website (Wow!) covers every aspect of railroading ...
You have a great site. I have added links in several places on
my web site ...
Tom Crews, Pony
Express Home Station
Thank you so much! [Your answer to my question] was very helpful. ...
... Your website, by far, has the greatest
images which will help me demonstrate the role of Chinese-Americans in
the construction of the transcontinental railroad ... for a class I intend to teach ...
Jason Gilmartin, West Springfield High School
... I must commend you on your website and the wealth of information available. Thank you for such an exciting site. ...
Lorna McKenzie Xixis, Hawaii
I really like what you are doing with the Central Pacific Railroad
... You have one of my articles on the CP already in your web site
("RRs shipped by sea") and have another
you might be interested in: "Iron
Horses along the Truckee" from the Spring 1995 Nevada Historical Society
Quarterly. It deals with the details of the constructed isolated
section of railroad along the Truckee River.
Huffman, Carson City, NV
... fantastic pages of photos and history of Maine
I've been kind of a rail buff since the sixties ... The CPRR site is great ...
What a great tribute to the Belfast and Moosehead
Lake Railroad. It's been awhile
since I heard the train whistle blast the air as it made its way through brooks.
I live in Thorndike, but am actually closer to Brooks and it's sad to see the "broke
and mended" pass by into neglect. Still we can't reminisce about the old days
too much, makes you feel too old yourself, and I have to admit I am only twenty
nine. In any case I have been meaning to take some pictures of the BMLRR as it
sits now. There is an old snowplow down on the siding in Thorndike and I am sure
that with 33 miles of track that are other worthy images to be captured as moments
in time. ... it still
might benefit you to know that a young person can still support a family by
working for the railroad in the 21st century. ...
Again thanks for sharing your historic knowledge of the BMLRR on-line. ...
Travis S. Johnson
That's a great job on the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad web site. Thanks for preserving a piece of Maine history.
Larry Smith, formerly of Presque Isle, and now living in Colorado
Nice design of blog.
The pictures on your site are amazing and ... help to portray the Railroad in the truest sense.
The locomotive exhibit is great!
... brilliant and beautiful reproductions on your website ... I want to create
a scale layout of the overland route from Omaha to San Francisco circa 1871.
... Research and reading, especially on your vast website, will help ...
... pictures on the Central Pacific Railroad ... are really amazing ...
... fine set of digital exhibits ...
University of Wisconsin, Internet Scout Project
Thanks very much for your quick and informative response, which was much appreciated. ...
Eddy Goltz, Lisbon, Portugal
There are about 15 of my history students looking at
the mid to late 19th Century in America. The students are putting together a
little video production that chronicles the growth of cities during this
period. ... Thank you ... for your assistance. Thank you as well for maintaining an excellent
resource on American History for my students. The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic
History Museum is an excellent site!!
Kelly W. Elder, Fergus High School, Lewistown, Montana
Francis L. Post, retired Santa Fe Hogger who used to work the Cajon
... I wanted to thank you guys for allowing students to access
these great pictures of the workers and the railroad. I am doing a project on the transcontinental
railroad and my US History book doesn't have that great of pictures and all the
pictures online were okay, but these pictures are great. So again, I just wanted
to thank you for providing these pictures.
... a huge collection of historic railroad photographs about the CPRR.
This one is wide and deep so plan to visit for a long time ...
Don Bryant, Southeastern Photographic Society
"i need to copy your central pacificrailroad please fooor a history
project for a state compitition. please let me use
... thanks very much for all of the great info. I really appreciate it.
Ron Bentley, Noble Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I am an eighth grade student participating in National
History Day Contest.
I have chosen The Transcontinental Railroad for my topic. Your website and the
accompanying links have valuable information. I would like to use the website
for my research and to include it in my bibliography. ...
Thank you very much. The information and map you provided are of great help in my research.
I am an 8th Grade American History teacher in Kansas City, Kansas. We
are studying the history of the transcontinental railroad. Your website
is an excellent resource for my students to reference. ... Thank you so much
for making such a great resource
Thank you very much for your generosity. I really appreciate the thoroughness of your website.
The CPRR Museum is included in the Proquest Learning Library links database
resources on every curriculum subject. ...
the most informative and accessible ... web resources currently available ...
more people will be aware of its value and usefulness
as an internet resource."
ProQuest Information & Learning (formerly
I have seen your site, and enjoy it very much.
Mick Needham, Needham Studios
I just finished reviewing what you have done to enhance my original manuscript
and think you have done a remarkable job inincluding all the links and the improved
images. It makes all the time spent in developing the
story of the building Cape Horn worthwhile. I hope your readers now willfind
all the information necessary to determine for themselves what is fact – and
Thank you for all your interest and help.
very interesting topic and graphics ... looks fine with the sepia toned
photos, text, and links ... I sent the page to my 10 year old grandson
... a couple of nights ago I watched a TV show about the construction of
the transcontinental railroad — what a cast of characters and schemers
— imagine having a survey that, in effect, moves mountains — imagine being
there while ten miles of track are laid at a walking man's pace —
... Your website is the most important source of the Transcontinental Railroad
and is viewed worldwide. ... William F. Chew
I am so grateful for your friendly and helpful response. I hope
information on [CPRR Surveyor, Butler Ives]
is useful. ... I am hoping that there might be some photographs of surveyors
at work in
the field ... that might include him in a
group ... Kay
Atwood Great website!
Rev. Dr. Alvin Louie
... I have recently come
across your file of Western newspaper clippings
for the years 1865-66,
relating to the visit of the Colfax
Party, on the "Central Pacific Railroad
History Museum" Web site. That Web site, as you must often hear, is FULL of
wonderful things. ... Thank you for all your help. ... You all do great work!
Richard Bucci, Editor with the Mark Twain Project (University of California) Wow! What a terrific job you have been doing! Thank you.
I love all of the things you have added. The new photos are super.
... Just fabulous. I can't say enough. You have put hours
and hours and hours into this ... Thanks again.
Very interesting web site! Very informative. ... Keep up the good work.
Your website is very elaborate and contains a great deal of information. I particularly like the old photos. I found the site when trying to get some information in connection with a 1871 CPRR schedule (actually part of a schedule) I found in a collection of letters and other documents that my great-grandfather had retained and stored in his home in Nova Scotia.
Newton Darroch, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
... your virtual museum is quite astonishing.
Christine Scriabine, Ph.D.
Many thanks! I will pursue the leads you sent ... about ticket
prices in the
years of the railroad. ... The service you provide
is most worthwhile. Thank you again!
You have a fantastic website. Thank you.
John McCracken, Levi Karney, Abdi Mohamed, and Bashir Mohamed, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
I appreciate you processing our order so quickly! ... Thanks much! ...
Christy Steele, The Education Matters Company
... WE LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!!!!! The photos are great. Well done!
A retired mechanical engineer with a background in steam power, a "train
nut," as my wife calls me, a native Californian, and a "just finished"
reader of Empire
Express, I have just accidentally wandered into your website.
What an incredible find! What a massive, yet fine & detailed
piece of work! I do not have time now to go through it all; I must
make an afternoon with no disturbances, to properly peruse your magnificent
site. What can I say? I'm overwhelmed!
I really like your site! ...
Kathryn Swim Cummings
I wanted to thank you for all of your help on my Transcontinental Railroad
project. The finished project was very nice, and I received a good grade form
my teachers. Thanks again!
... I like your website! Thanks for this info.
You did a great job of posting the payroll
document and I hope that seeing
the workers names will excite many descendants. Your museum site is first
Great site! ...
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Fascinating site ... it is very well written. ... I loved
the stereo views. Because of the hidden image craze, I got good at
seeing them without needing a viewer. It's amazing how much more
you see when the images are in stereo.
[best known for having invented
the Macintosh computer at Apple and for his
Humane Interface (which reached 36th on Amazon's list of
its top 100 bestsellers, received 3 printings in its first year, and will soon
be available in 6 languages)]
... thank you for such a fantastic site. I inadvertently stumbled here, and it is now after 2AM! I'm not even a history or train buff,but I find the detailed answers fascinating. ...
I had a great time exploring you museum today.
Your site is a wonderful example of how to find absolutely incredible
information over the web. Thank you for hosting such an informative site. ... Matthew Mossbarger, Vice President, Woodhouse Publishing
You have a great site for the Central Pacific. Those beautiful American
style locomotives are my favorite. ... Great pictures! I'm an American style locomotive
fan. They are real beauties. Father Jay
A. Finelli, RingMaster, "Live
Steam Web Ring"
The [Theodore Dehone Judah] article looks great on the website. It is interesting
look better here than they do in the original magazine! ...
Lori Peterson, ASCE Publications
Hi Folks you have one of the best if not the best web trains sites.
I love to read all the history about the laying
of the golden spike.
L. Condon How interesting! I never thought I would see a photo
of the UP's first tie treating plant!
Oaks, Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis
... your digital restorations....very impressive.
I also enjoyed the photos in your gallery
from the old Sierra grade.
John Noltner, Minneapolis
Many thanks to you and all of your contributors for
the outstanding website. I enjoy history, especially
as it pertains to old time railroading. I would
appreciate more technical information
locomotives and other machinery.
Great site ... I just found your site, there has been a lot of effort put into
it. Thanks. ...
WOW! What a great site. Thank you for sharing this ... !
Donn's U.S. History Lesson Plans & Activities for K-12 teachers
... terrific Museum ...
Mathew R. Stevens
Thank you very much indeed. Very nice [map]
site. Today I have added it to Oddens'
Bookmarks [The Fascinating World of Maps and Mapping].
... great stuff ...
you have a very good website ...
John Kelsey, the great great grandson of Judge E.B. Crocker
You are most welcome to use any images for your fine site ... John Saddy, Jefferson Stereoptics, Stereoview and View-Master Auctions
... Your [J.B. Silvis] web exhibit helped a great
appreciate the thoroughness and especially the footnotes providing documentation
for the paper.
Thanks for putting this on the web. ...
Your site is full of great information, and I plan to use it in a list of Web
sites I'm compiling for a teacher. ... Thanks for all your help, and the tip
about changing the background color! You've been a great resource.
Suzanne Myers Harold, School Corps Librarian, Multnomah County Library, Portland,
... I am writing a book. And yes, your site is getting top billing in the credits. It has already helped me immensely with much of the information I require. ...
I just found your web site, it's great! ...
Michael Green, Off
Road Experience – Railroad Adventures and Towns,
Trains and Trails
of Nevada 2004
Many thanks for the info. I spent quite some time last night scanning the web site(s). Certainly sets a standard.
Charlie Jenner, Los Alamitos
Peruse an exhibit of photographs of the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s and link to numerous essays and articles about the railroad. Zeal, "a community of enthusiasts and editors building the world's most widely
used Web directory."
... great site ... Thanks
I am a tenth grade student at my high school, and our class was recently
assigned to do a Powerpoint®
presentation on the railroads of the nineteenth century. ... I really enjoyed
Thank you very much,
I ... wanted to thank you for your momentous work ...
I'm pleased to see that Ted Judah appears in Hill's
painting, next to your 3grand-dad– I've always seen [Judah] as the tragic
hero of the enterprise. What
would have happened tho' if he'd successfully completed his attempt to buy out
Big Four makes for difficult speculation. As things ultimately worked out, the energy
and credit of all these "worthies" was necessary to the ultimate realization
of the CP – who can guess what others might have done?
Judah was one of those great men of the 19th century, who conceived and moved
works. It's fortunate that he and your ancestor, and Montague came together
and did so much of the indispensable work on the ground.
Thanks again for your great work and for connecting me to it. ...
Outstanding [B&MLRR] railroad website. Great content, great look: the winning combination. Ralph William Hawkins
I very much enjoyed the great pictures of the Cental Pacific Railroad. It
must be a labor of love and a great deal of work to find those pictures and
Very best regards,
Boy thanks for responding so fast. I appreciate the information [about Dr.
Hartwell Carver self-proclaimed "Father of the Pacific Railroad."].
Your site is absolutely fantastic. Thank you and congratulations.
Your photos are great. ...
Julie Weiss, City of Palo Alto
... Awesome Website – I love railroads.
Steam train and railroad history buffs will thoroughly enjoy the online Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) Photographic History Museum. The site chronicles the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad, running between Sacramento, California, and Omaha, Nebraska. ...
Stan White, from an article "Historic Central Pacific Railroad pictures" in the Reno Examiner, February 3, 2011
... I would like to commend you on the wonderful site CPRR.org has
become! I've been watching the site develop for quite a few years now ... wonderful
photograph. Your collection is absolutely priceless! ... Thanks again, and keep
up the excellent work! ...
Directors, Largo Central Railroad
Thank you very much for your quick reply! Your website is a great resource and I was very happy to come across it. With my regards,
I have visited your website and I applaud your effort. I am a California
buff and a collector of early California
and a map buff to boot, so I was pleasantly
surprised to find your site ...
Wow! I'm impressed, especially with the added track in the morph.
Great idea. Glad to see that one of my ... Summit
Tunnel ... Then & Now ... shots so accurately matched one of the old
[A.J. Russell] shots. The web site updates look good in general. Peter
Thank you for the large and informative web site. ...
... You folks are a wealth of knowledge ...
Stephen L. Des Jardins
I am teaching a course in the history of the west, including a lecture on photography
of the west ...Your site ... is great.
Ron Tyler, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin, and Director, Texas State Historical Association
I love all of the beautiful pictures ... Thank
My topic is the ... Chinese laborers working on the CP Railroad. Your website has been great in my research ...
Just wanted to thank you. Your information helped me alot in
my report ... about what was it like traveling
west in first class on the Transcontinental Railroad and dining at railroad
stations ... Thanks a million,
Your CP site is terrific. It's obvious you put a tremendous amount of
work into it with admirable results. ...
I am amazed by this site! What a wonderful collection of articles and images! ...
I am teaching a free class of Cantonese in NYC and wanted to describe some of
the contributions Cantonese people made to America. I found your site very informative
text in Fusang and the picture called "Wood train
and Chinamen in Bloomer Cut" Houseworth Sterview #1351 were particularly moving
... I also told them of your website
and many of them saw it.
... I do the class because I feel we must pay tribute
to the Cantonese people who suffered and died for America.
Thank you very much,
congratulations on your millionth visitor! ... Glenn Willumson, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Florida
... great site ... Jeremy Rowe, Vintage Photography
Great website - you guys are great! ...
S.H., 8th Grade, Las Flores Middle School, Capistrano Unified
School District, Orange County, California
Thank you ... the homework page seems perfect ... the pictures are great ...
I checked out your web site – very nice!
Admiring the time and effort you put into your site and in depth information you present. ...
I am a Docent at the California State Rail Road Museum in (Old Town)
Sacramento, California. I have picked up a number of pointers and
information that I use while working in the Museum. You are a great
resource. The recreation of some of the scenes that you have photos,
are located in Old Town Sacramento. There is the dock on the Sacramento
River where the steamers tied up. The Delta King is presently moored
at this site. Some of the signs in the area are the same as depicted
in this site. Again thank you for a very interesting and informative
Your website is spectacular. ...
Stephen Hales, M.D.
In searching the internet I came upon your website and have to honestly say that it is fantastic. The vast wealth of material that you have, its layout, the thoroughness with which you present it, your generosity in your willingness to share it and your forthright and honest manner throughout make it a wonderful experience. You offer a rich educational experience to anyone taking the time to stay awhile. It is a site to return to over and over again to explore and review in order to soak up the intense history in this chapter of our American history. Many years ago I saw the silent film THE IRON HORSE and the intensity of its imagery keeps if fresh in my mind to this day. Your efforts in the creation of this site makes the material you present equally as memorable and I know that I will recall material on it for years to come. The contemporary newspaper accounts of the laying of rail alone are enough to make one actually feel as if they were there and burn deep into the mind.
Francis J. Cardamone, Director, THE RECORD OF HISTORIC AMERICAN INDUSTRIES TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY, INC., Staten Island, New York
We came upon your site when researching ... a ... National History Day ... project
on "Chinese Participation of the Transcontinental
Railroad" ... and felt that it was gave very helpful information as
well as many primary sources.
Jennifer Li, Kelly Sharpless and Sophie Soo,
Rising Sun High School (2006
winners of Maryland History Day)
Your website was amazing!
Mrs. Voelker's fifth grade class - Edgar, Raul, Kinzie, Stephanie, Justin, Lainee, Haylee, Joey, Taylor, Heidi,
Chelsea, Ava, Macie, Kord, Jared, Rem, and Tianna. J
I love it! Thanks for including the map and links.
Barry Ruderman, Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
... Thank you ... for your excellent work in documenting the role
of Chinese-American railroad builders.
Scott Lothes, The Center for Railroad Photography and Art
Your website is very informational. Good job! ...
Sarah Lim, Museum Director, Merced County Courthouse Museum
Thank you. I appreciate your help!!
Thank you again for your lovely website.
What a generous offer to host our website on the
transcontinental railroad. I
am constantly awed by the kindness that I encounter on behalf of my ... 4th grade
investigating the prospects ... My students will be using
your wonderful site as a resource site regardless.
Thank your for all your resources and the links you sent me. (I'm an English
and ancient history teacher, so your help is doubly valuable.)
Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Staff Development,
Old Orchard School,
... I found your site to be the most helpful because I have to get ... pictures, ... and other ... source documents such as the bond of the railroads and a map ... I need to and use ... for my poster. ... Thank you for your help and consideration.
Thank you for your beautiful web site. ...
Axel Bieringer I have seen your website in the past, but now it is even better and
more educational with all the research and pictures. I personally enjoyed
it and appreciate all the work you put into it. ... keep up the good work
Thank you for sharing the Judah
material. The eulogy was most touching and it appears to be an original
item from the service. One forgets sometimes with all our modern antibiotics
and immunizations how devastating disease could be in those days and how
fate plays a role in history. ... Thanks again ... for your website which
I find both educational and enjoyable. ...
The museum's new additions are excellent
and I really appreciate the wealth of information
available and the fact that is made available
for kids to do reports, projects, etc.
Central Pacific Museumrecommended with
many links to original documents and photos ... Constructing
the CP ... bibliography
... books on the Transcontinental ... Chinese construction
crews in California ... Pullman & other
cars ... western
maps ... CP 1869 map ...
how many workers killed building transcontinental?
– the number is
fewer than 1000 but often exaggerated. Professor
Richard Jensen's On-line Guide to Railroad History
I just want to alert you to potential increased
of your website as a result of a lecture I will be doing at Syracuse University
in early September . I am demonstrating your website as part of
a lecture on anti-trust.
Denise M. Davis, Director, Statistics and Surveys National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
Oh what great websites!! ... thank you for sending on, enjoyed both ... and thank
you for adding my
[postcard dating] links for
good to have people like you documenting for all these wonderful old items and
information ... Sharon Kopina
Thank you so much for all of your information. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to help me. The information will be a great help for me through out my project. ... I have ... visited your museum and enjoyed it very much ...
Your website is incredible ...
Thank you for creating such an excellent historical resource on the
Margaret Gordon, Reference Librarian, UC Santa Cruz
I just came across your website whilst looking for maps
of the Central Pacific railroad. Congratulations on such an nice
site! I found the map
from Hart's book particularly interesting, especially as it shows all
the small towns along the route ...
Ian Walker, University of York, UK
... your online museum ... is amazing. A lot of information and valuable resources. ...
Thank you so much again for your wonderful help and amazing museum. ...
Wong Wei Xiang
... Love what you're doing. ...
I am honored that you have added a link to our [Wyoming
Tales and Trails featuring Photographs and History of Old Wyoming] website
from the CPRR site, which I have regarded as exceptional.
... wonderful website ...
Good work. Now all RR historians will benefit ... Frederick C. Gamst, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts,
My son is doing a cultural project on the Railroad and our family. My
parents have been in the SP, UP, WP for over 35 years. Mom still
works for the GWRR as a dispatcher on their WP branch and my husband
is a conductor with the WP as well (my father is a retired dispatcher
from the SPRR/UPRR). ... Your site has the BEST photographs we
were able to locate ...
OH Bless you!!! ... Has anyone ever told you what a prince you are?!?!?!? Thank
you again, so much!!! ... [our son] is very, very excited and we can't wait to
share our final
project with you too.
Oh the project came out beautifully!!! ... It looked fabulous! ...
You spent a great deal of time helping me and my son and [we] are truly appreciative!
What a beautiful website! ... I am currently writing a novel set in 1871, just
after transcontinental rail travel became possible. ... Thank you so much for
your incredibly generous and specific assistance. ...
Absolutely outstanding site. We are going to link ... Robert H. Lloyd,
Chief Investigator, The Crow Law Firm A killer site!
Thank you for your timely and informative response to my query ... Thanks for EVERYTHING
Verne R. Walrafen
Great resource! I wanted to shoot you an e-mail thanking you for compiling so much great information and links on your website.
REMARKABLE!!!!! ... Very helpful!
You have an interesting website ...
... I just love those pictures you guys have on your site of [ Cape
Horn] and others.
Brendan Compton, Donner
Thank you very much for responding so quickly to my request.
Marilou West Ficklin
a very nice website ... for those interested in the railroad and photography
Photographic Historical Society, Rochester, NY New York Times Crossword Puzzle recommended website, Transportation
... love the site, really helpful. ...
Re: Ambrose error list URL [from
the R&LHS Newsgroup]
The web address for the list of errors in Ambrose's book is:
It's part of the CPRR (online) Museum project, which is
well worth browsing in its own right.
Kyle Williams Wyatt, Curator of History & Technology, California State Railroad
What a wonderful website with a wealth of information. I have been perusing for days! ...
A marvelous site!!! Thank you!
Becky Sims, Library Director, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Thank you so much for your quick reply. ... That is a fun site. ... the map and
pictures ... were a good way to encourage speaking and writing in English. The
Chinese students ... [in ESL] class tonight ... were very interested.
Thanks for the incredibly detailed website. It is a rarity to find such important information on the web.
Rick Rowlands, Executive Director, Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation, Youngstown, Ohio
What a wonderful site you have; Im grateful its there and you maintain it.
Dr. Jon Peddie
... Congrats; CPRR.org is an awesome site. ... a great resource for learning about the history of the Central Pacific Railroad ...
I've been enjoying perusing your website; very informative. Thank you so much!
Your amazing site was such a help in understanding a few photos I was trying to identify and date.
... really enjoyed your website very much so much information and so many pictures. It is really interesting and I am happy you created the website.
Rafael Torres, Solano Community College
Sincere thanks, this will help us in our search! [for] My great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Bradshaw [who] worked on the Transcontinental RR back in 1865-69 ...
Dr. Kevin Bradshaw
Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again ...
Your article about health care ["The Central
Pacific Railroad's Lesson for Today's
Health Care Crisis"] is one of the best I have read. ...
... If it wasn't for your and other detecting sites, I wouldn't have known anything about [the baggage tag's] rarity or historic value. ...
... worth everyone's attention. ...
Thank you so much for this service! ...
Your website is amazing. I get lost in it for hours and hours and love every minute. Thank you!
Kasey Thomassian, Reno, NV
We just viewed the [Alonzo Russell Guppy] page on
the RR Museum website. It
is magnificent. What
tribute to our ancestor. Thank you so much ... We
are so proud to see Alonzo being recognized as part of this historic event. ...
you for including Alonzo Russell Guppy in your CPRR history. ... Alonzo was,
a part of
the building of the railway.
... we were able to learn so much about my husband's
great-grandfather. Your website is the most interesting that I have ever visited.
The fact that our ancestors can be remembered, and their stories become a
part of history, is the very best tribute we can pay them. Thank you again.
...Our best regards to you, and keep up the great work on the CPRR Museum.
Dick and Pat Guppy
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your site. I have spent hours on it learning about what is probably the most important event in modern history. I have also just purchased [the RIDING THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILS: OVERLAND TRAVEL ON THE PACIFIC RAILROAD 1865 - 1881] book which I hope to receive in the mail very soon. Again, thank you.
Awesome...... Thanks for the quick response.
THANKS so much! I couldn't seem to find it on the website, so I appreciated your question form and especially your quick response.
Thanks for the tribute to my great grandfather.
... everything looks very good .... You have done a wonderful job with those
pictures as well as with the letter.
John E. Charles, Great-grandson of Alonzo Russell Guppy
We're ... awed at the detailed historical scholarship involved! Kate
... Lots of nice stuff on the website ...
John and Inez Bergquist, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Very nice website. ...
... Thank you ... Your site is fantastic, (I looked at a lot of them) ...
I hit your website all the time love it!
I'm an Italian man, I was looking some information about railways, I'm glad I found your site which as I can see, is written in Italian!!! Thank you so much..I found many important information an so easily while they are in my own language.
Maurilio Emanuele from Pescara-ITALY
I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a helpful site for my research!
... a marvelous compilation ...
Rob Niederman, Antique
& 19th Century Cameras ... filled with really great photos, and the story to match. Very enjoyable.
Guide to American History
I have really enjoyed looking over the Railroad history on the web
This article is nice and I really like, thank you for sharing!
Pam Meeds Williams
... Your site has the most abundant and quality images ... great assistance and ... learning ...
Amanda Corinne Neff, Marketing ... University of Phoenix Online
Central Pacific Railroad’s Photographic History Museum contains examples
of Muybridge’s stereo
photography and materials on railroad entrepreneur Leland Stanford, who
funded Muybridge’s initial motion studies.
National Museum of American History, Curator Some great, historical old images here from the time of the building
of America's first transcontinental railroad which was completed in 1869.
... visited your web-site the other night and I must say, you guys
should be commended for an excellent and well rounded site. Very
interesting and informative. ...
Best of History on the Web!
Site of the Day
My student ... is working on a National
History Day project dealing with the
Workers and the Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic
History Museum has been very helpful to him.
Vicki Chase, Teacher at Clair E. Gale Jr. High School, Idaho Falls,
I visited your site and found it very interesting and very much down the
line of our own work. You might, e.g., go to Hypertexts and
look at the electronic edition of Henry
Nash Smith, "Virgin Land" which might
have materials of interest. And these are a few projects that bear a little more
on ... railroading:
Alan B. Howard, American Studies Program, University of Virginia
Great pictures of the building of the transcontinental railroad
Camino Pablo Elementary School
STANLEY, John Mix [1814-1872] - American artist ... a spectacular
... very informative and helpful ...
Thank you so much for this personally valuable information.
What a fantastic resource this forum is, within hours I have received exactly the information I seeking ...
You and Edson [Strobridge] are wonderful. Thanks for all of your help. You
quickly in finding a copy of the prayer and putting it up on the web site. I
really appreciate all that you have done.
My friend, ... is a railroad historian and engineer. He loves railroading so
much that he is buildinghis own backyard park train railroad complete with two
trains: one old s-16 steam profile engine with cars anda newer style diesel
type engine with cars. He and his friends are nearly finished laying the track will
be having a dedication ceremony complete with a golden spike ceremony. A priest,
will be offering a prayer of dedication and blessing and they wanted to use the
prayer from the Golden Spike Ceremony in
Promontory Utah. My friendand I have
been searching for the text of Dr. Todd'sprayer and neither of us could find
it anywhere on the internet, so when I found your wonderful site on the Golden
Spike Ceremony, I took a moment to write to you. Now, thanks to you and Edson,
the prayer is officially available to everyone who visits your site and my friend's
Golden Spike Ceremony can be complete and authentic, just the way he wanted
it to be.
Thanks again to both of you for your help and for all of your efforts to preserve
the history of the railroad in this country. It is wonderful that you are making
it available to everyone with your wonderful on-line museum.
Very interesting article on Lewis Metzler Clement! ...
I've been referencing your great-grandfathers page for the kids' genealogy projects that they'll be working on after school in May. So I just wanted to say thanks for all the help from all of us. :-)
Thank you very much for your help ... and for keeping up this great website!
Anja Habermann, Heidelberg, Germany
Your web site is very interesting! Sandra
Iowa Public Library
Peruse an exhibit of photographs of the
Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s and link to numerous essays
and articles about the railroad.
This is stunning, to get such detailed and informed identifications. ... Thanks for everyone who has generously made these suggestions!! Larry Gottheim
... I am impressed with many of the maps you have on your website. ...
Christopher Etchechury, M.ED, Social Studies Subject Area Lead Teacher, Sterling Middle School, Virginia
I am a 9th grade student of a private school on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
My friends and I are doing a project on the Central Pacific Railroad. We found
your site extremely useful
... thanks for a great website on railroad images. ... Thank you for sharing ... all those historical images.
... Glad to see the [1898 CPRR Land] document will be well preserved.
Your web site is amazing and wonderful. I will be spending countless
hours looking at it, that is for sure! ... I looked at the scans of
the section lands maps. Terrific!
I have seen similar maps before at SP. ... I worked for Southern
Pacific's (as successor to Central Pacific) real estate department for much
of my career ... [starting in] 1985, when the SP and ATSF real estate
was merged during the failed merger attempt. I left the combined SP/UP
at the end of 1998 ... Much of the land I worked on was not Section
lands or Congressional Grant. My experience was the opposite of the
land agents in the late 1800's who were acquiring properties. I was in
the disposition mode, selling off much of the surplus land no longer needed for
operations. ... What a great
history your family has! Amazing.
I recollect before all of the SP archives were sent to Omaha to UP, SP's
Corporate Secretary and PR person were going through the SP vault on the
8th floor at One Market Plaza (SP Building). They invited me in to
take a look at some of the items they were taking an inventory of. One
a book of stereographic photos of the building of the rail line through the
Sierras! It was absolutely amazing and I felt privileged to see these
photos. I believe they
were done by an official photographer who
worked for the company at the time. There were photos of indians, the Chinese
etc. Very cool stuff! I am pleased that you have had such
a great response to your web site. It must be gratifying.
Robert M. Krantz
... thank you for the work you've put into this great Internet site ...
Thanks for the fast reply. ... fascinating topic.
I told my daughter that I hope she is learning as much as I am! ...
Thanks again and thanks for your site, it really is wonderful!
Enjoyed your website ...
... nice homepage ... with many photos ... I drop by with pleasure once again. ...
Hans-Jrg Siepert, Germany
Kep on orking, geat job! ...
I like stuff about all kinds of different stuff!!!!
I really enjoy your site and return often to read and learn moreabout some new aspect of this grand undertaking! My great great great uncle Bengt
Johan Johansson, 1837-1915, worked as a railroad builder for the Union Pacific. ... Keep up the great work!
Joe Mirabella, Jr.
... You have a wonderful web site.
Joe Ward, Baraboo Historian, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Wow. Thanks for your quick and very helpful reply. ... A lot of the fun in
this kind of stuff (besides the hunt) is learning all the interesting details
... Thanks again.
... I did visit your website. It's fabulous. Jerry D.
Excellent site: The site is a real treasure for us SP'ers! ...
Gary T. Rushworth, Sr.
I commend you on your outstanding web site on the [Belfast
and Moosehead Lake
From a modeler's standpoint, you have just about everything you'd need to
model the railroad. ... do you have any pictures
of cabooses* the BML used?? ...
Roger Whitney, Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, Alna, Maine
*Bruce Cooper responds that "The only two cabooses that I am
were owned by the B&ML were #24
& #25 which were acquired from the Boston &
Maine in 1927 but I have
never seen any pictures of them. The B&ML had one other caboose which was
used in the 1980's on excursion runs and was then converted to an ice cream
shop used in the park, but the last time I saw it a few years ago in the
Belfast yard it had been vandalized. It was no longer there in July, 2003 when
I was last in Belfast, however."
This is simply amazing. ...
Love the website ...
Cindy Ainsworth, Historic Reno Preservation Society
... the site is wonderful, filled with great information and photos. Congratulations
on the achievement. ...
Joyce Strand, University of California, Davis
Thank you and keep up the wonderful job on the web site! ...
What a wonderful educational facility!
Anthony Holloway, England
... I am in the process of writing a novel ... Thank you very much for the help ...I really appreciate it ...
Thank you so very much, for everything. Already you have helped out so much.
When published at the end of Summer  my book will most assuredly carry
your museum, and also urge for donations. ...
... You have a wonderful web site. I wish there were more sites such as yours dedicated to preserving and sharing such historical images.
Matthew Hanzel, Forest Grove, Oregon
Facinating photos. Thanks
Paul G. Hurley
I am researching travel from New York to California. I love your website
and enjoy the maps and scans of original documents. ...
Thank you for maintaining a great site with so much valuable
information. ... Thank you for your email. I have spent more time poking around
your website. There is so much information there! You have done a good job putting
it together. ... Thank you for your time,
I like the search
feature on your site, it makes it easy to use! ...
This web [site] is AMAZING! After searching the
web for endless hours, nothing even compares to all of your information. ...
AP U.S. History term paper I am asking: How was the route
of the Transcontinental Railroad selected? What role did the surveys
play along with politics? I will be reviewing
the surveys of the proposed routes and examining congressional
debates, newspapers etc. We are
only allowed to use primary sources which
makes all this extra hard, but your website has helped me sooo much in terms
my proposal and including my sources. ...Thanks,
... wow, thank you SO much for your help!!! You have no idea how much time that
saved me. Thanks again,
Becca Wenner, Washington, DC
What a magnificent, evocative, panorama.
It brightened, an otherwise grim day ...
I looked at your CPRR website with great interest and pleasure.
You have, without question, some absolutely stunning
views — extremely well done!
... awesome web site! ... A great job preserving the history of the RR.
... your discussion site has helped me a great deal. ...
... your website is an inspiration. Leonard Francolini
I was looking though your wonderful website ...
Thanks for putting such a useful site on the Web! ...
Again, thank you very much for your great web site.
Adam M. Dicker, History of the World
... I thoroughly enjoyed the information on the website. ...
I am a UPRR man's daughter!!! and have enjoyed all the work and info! ... Just
what I needed. I am also going to use your site as part of our home school study
this year. Couldn't ask for better!!!
Kathy Lin Eggleston
I've been gearing up for the new school year trying to find some updated
teaching resources for my own class page. I found many of your railroad history
links helpful, thank you for putting together this great list. I also wanted to share this page I liked that
you do not yet have listed. Thanks
again for the great suggestions and enjoy the rest of summer! Kelly Buckley, Mrs. Buckley's Class
Thank you very much, you have been very helpful!
Your website is wonderful, and I have spent many hours here doing research for
a historical ecology project I am working on for Monterey Bay. The amount of
information thatyou have compiled in an easy-to-search area is inspiring ...
again for the great website! Andrea Woolfolk,
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve,
... thank you for helping us bring this important part of our history to life!
You have been so helpful and pleasant to work with. A sincere thank you!
Bonnie Rogers, Curator of Education, Utah State Historical Society
... Thank you for your wonderful site! ... Thank you again for the beautiful work you have done on your web site. ...
Amy Goldsmith, Daves Avenue School, Los Gatos, CA
Enjoy your site tremendously!! Very informative and, by my observations, well
sourced for facts.You have a very intelligent and astute group of providers,
and informationally. ...
Morgan J. Gayvert, co-author of Three Feet on the Panhandle, the history
Waynesburg & Washington Railroad.
... I found the website very useful.
Carol Coleman, Nevada Historical Society
... Your website has been a great resource ...
Wonderful website. ...
This was my first time to get on this web site and I want to tell you I think
it is great! I'll be back to look at this site again. My great grand father &
my grand father worked on the railroad in Ark.& Okla. in 1860's? - 1900's ...
Especially the one that ran through FT. Smith, ARK. Henry Nye & William T. Nye
is who I am talking about that worked for the railroads. When I was growing
in Okla. we lived very close to a railroad track, maybe 185 feet or less from
it. So I spent many a nights listening to the train whistles. So seeing this
brought back memories. Thanks,
... Thank you for such a comprehensive web site. The amount of material is almost overwhelming. ...
As always you are incredible. Two views in one day that I didn't know existed ... Thanks again,
Don Snoddy, former Director, Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Your web site is amazing. The amount of information on a single page is almost overwhelming. I can't wait to find the time to look at it in depth.
It is always a great pleasure to deal with such nice people ... Fred Sherfy
I must commend you for this exquisite site! It is truly wonderful
and filled with the detail for which I have been searching.
My most heartfelt compliments to those who have assembled and continue
to maintain this site! For researchers and historians like myself,
it answers a number of questions. ... In closing, you have a wonderful
site filled with incredible historical significance!
Mark R. Alley
... the picture of the central pacific railroad schedule ... is perfect for my
report. Thank you ...
Love it. Thanks!!!
Glen Sheehan, Photographer
Redsam - Vanishing
Thank you so very much for the sites you sent and for your fast response too! This will be a big help. ...
Thank you ... That was a far more prompt response than I ever expected. ... I will provide your site as a
resource to the teacher for future classes as it seems to be quite thorough and nicely presented.
I just wanted to say thanks for making your website about railroads. I have been using your page for my lesson plans at school. The kids love learning about trains! ...
I recently ran across your web site. It is EXCELLENT!!
Keep up the good work. ... I happen to be deeply involved in 19th Century
locomotives as I own and operate Eureka & Palisade locomotive #4 "Eureka"
which was built in 1875 by Baldwin. It is an American 4-4-0 narrow
gauge. Occasionally I take it out for public exhibition, such
as at Railfair 99
in Sacramento. Our next outing will be on the Durango & Silverton
... Even though I'm involved in the operational end of this old equipment,
I thoroughly enjoy the historical images you
have made available on your website. Such efforts help keep me inspired
to keep the 19th century railroading alive. Thanks again for a great
Dan Markoff, Las Vegas, Nevada
... Your site has such great photos and
information. I have included ... a short
history of the Chrysopolis
as it relates to Benicia and the Pony Express on my [Benicia, California]
Susan Erwin, Editor, Benicia Living
What a great explanation of rail wear! I
never really had any concept of
how it worked before. ...
... your web sites with rail things is just great ...
Louis R Zarowin
Thank you for all your help. ... U guys are GREAT... many thanks. ... many
thanks go to you in helping us tell the story of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Kevin Byrd, South Johnston High School
Thank you for your prompt response. ... wonderful internet site ...
Thanks again and I really enjoy your website.
Jeremy Hemenway, High School teacher in Cheyenne, WY
Great Web site Links ...
Ray Robinson, Meadows & Lake Kathleen Railroad, Deadwood, Oregon
... Impressive Brendan Nee and Preston Theler
... very nice website ...
Kim Viner, senior docent at the Laramie Plains Museum in Laramie, WY
Got it. Thanks so much!
I enjoyed browsing your site today ... especially the old pictures.
I took a look at the CPRR Railroad Photographic History Museum and
was quite impressed! A great site. ...
Bruce M. Powell,
Superintendent, Golden Spike National Historic Site, National Park Service
I am so glad someone thought to preserve the history on film, and that the pictures
have been preserved. Edna
Marnette Hart Click, Great-Great-Great-Grandaughter of UPRR Construction Contractor
Remarkable! It's genuinely amazing piece of writing ...
Thanks for your additional help. ... Again, I would like to thank you for your support and quick response to my
I am a student ... working on a project
about Chinese immigration to America during the construction of the
transcontinental railroad. I have used your website to get a lot of really
helpful information and I loved how it was constantly backed up by primary
" ... As I investigated further, I was able to visit another web
the history of this little gem of a railroad, The Railroad Photographic History
Museum. Written by Bruce C. Cooper, this online
history is chock full of historical information about the B&MLRR and the Central
Pacific Railroad. Mr. Cooper has amassed photographs, copies of schedules, tickets,
maps and other items in addition to something I wish every historian would include
in a history of a railroad. He put in lots of legwork and included the detailed
track plans of just about every station stop and siding along the way. These
details were invaluable to me when I laid the tracks for my model of the railroad.
John D'Angelo, A Short Line
Thank you for hard working in this helpful website.
... rich in history of the steam engine railroad, its important role in our nations
history and contains great photographs for the train enthusiast.
Cyber Patrol's CyberGuide
You have a great website! ...
Pembroke Herbert, Picture Research Consultants
I certainly enjoyed your very extensive site. I am a teacher in Moorpark, California.
Thanks so much,
My name is Becky and I am
in the eighth grade. ... Thank you for having
such cool pictures on your site ...
You have some great pictures ... I will recommend your site to
others I write to. Thanks again.
Doc J. H. Hucklebury
I took time this morning to navigate your CPRR site. Very impressive.
I have sent it on to other interested historians. ...
Ed Sherman, KINGFISHER
Hi, I have a presentation to do for my East Asian Studies history class on
"Chinese Immigrants working of US Railroads." You have great pictures on
your website! ...
Thank you so much, great website!
... The Curator who has designed and developed one of our ... History Gallery ... Interactive pieces has sourced many images for this piece back to your website. ... Oakland Museum of California
I won't waste your time by telling you how great your site is - shoot, I just did! ...
Harry R. Jordan
I visited your museum this evening. Wow! It has to be a
labor of love. ...
Jan Hanna, Old Ink Books & Maps
I very much enjoy the information presented on your website ...
Anne M. Stjern
I had just run across your website. Very Nice! I have the ability to view
stereographs without a viewer by looking at each picture with each eye. Your
section of these is quite enjoyable! Keep up the good work. ... I
have a piece of dated rail with this lettering: "Moss Bay Steel 1882 50 lbs.
CPRR." ... Very nice section on the rails.
I have just finished spending some time at your web site "Eastward
to Promontory." Well done! I have taught a class entitled "Iron Horses
to Promontory" and am always looking for new sources of information. (I
also am on the look out for mistakes in such sources-sorry, I didn't find
any in yours!)
Bruce Hendrick, Brea, California
Thank you for putting together and maintaining my idea of a website!
Chester Hartwell, Saugerties, NY
Your site is indeed very beautiful. ...
Maya Lessov, Screaming Flea Productions, for The History Channel
As a high school history teacher I have found your photo museum to be a fantastic
resource. Thanks very much.
... I learned so much from your web site. ... Thanks for all the helpful links
to other web sites and to the books ... Thank you so much.
You have produced one of the nicest RR sites I've visited. ...
The photo of the Belfast Station circa 1875 fascinated me. So after
an exhaustive search I have decided to make a model of [the Belfast
and Moosehead Lake Railroad].
Byron Woodcock, Clarion, Pennsylvania
Wow, you are sure quick. ... Brenda Hay, Webmaster,
Census Finder, "#1 Source for free census records online."
... great website ... Bruce Halliburton
... very nice website ... Tom Swailes, Bollington, Cheshire, England
I love your site, and find it very helpful when responding to our patrons. ... Thanks for your good work, and for making your collections available to us "out there."
Tom Carey, Librarian, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
I am a teacher teaching Chinese language and Chinese history in a private
school ... My students, who are among 7th,
8th, 9th, and 10th grades, are all Chinese American learning Chinese as a heritage
language. ...We will have a discussion about how much Chinese railroad workers
contributed to this project, how they started their lives in this country, and
what influences they made to the history of Chinese American. ... I always believe
that photos say a lot of words
themselves. Photo reading issuch a great strategy to teach a history lesson.
Students can find connections between them and the history through reading a
valuable photo carefully. Therefore, I would like to use these photos in my lesson
to attract students' attentions and open a great and deep discussion. Thank you
so much ...
Thank you so much for your prompt response. I didn't expect I will get your
answer on Sunday! I really appreciate your efficiency. ... all
six pictures ... look great. I believe my students will
be very impressed by those photos. I will definitely introduce your fabulous
website to my students who can get valuable information about the CPRR to
complete their homework assignment after this lesson. ... thank you again for
your help. If you need me to translate any document that contains Chinese, I
would be glad to try. This will be a great
opportunity for me to learn more about Chinese American history. By the way,
where is your museum located? I would really like to visit your museum one
day to see those fabulous collections. You guys did a great job!
Shin Chi Fame Kao, Teacher of Tzu Chi Academy, Irvine, California
... I am an 11th grade particpant in National History Day. My project this year is the Transcontinental Railroad, and you are certainly one of the biggest resources on the web regarding this event. ...
Congratulations to you and your web site. It certainly impressed the Union Pacific. Their UP150.com site links to you via the history timeline. I was looking for information on Thomas Durant and the Credit Mobilier when I found the link. I've known about your site for several years now after finding your "reprint" of the J.B. Silvis article. I found the information presented accurate and extensive. Thank you for your research efforts.
Jim Hansen in Montana
Thank you so much for this valuable information.
Oh, yes! We are delighted with your coverage. ...
Thea M. Page, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
... your site is the best I have found ... I can appreciate the hard work and
dedication of you and your colleagues. Thanks.
Earlier this year I submitted a brief question and was pleasantly surprised at the many thoughtful and insightful answers. ...
... Visit cprr.org for current research and lots of interesting stuff.
... I wanted to write a quick thank you ... There are some wonderful resources [at the CPRR Museum]! ...
Hi, I'm writing a historical novel. ... Thank you SO much for your quick reply!
Oh, how wonderful to have your help. Thanks! ... Your website has been a tremendous
help. It's the best one I've found on railroads in the nineteenth century. THANK
The pictures have especially been helpful, since I've never rode in a
railroad car during that time
period. They've let me 'see' through my
Thanks for the very fast response. ... Nice web site ...
You are very thorough ... thank you!
Ann Marie Dierker
... I really like your website. I have been an avid railroad buff for a long time.
... how much I enjoyed all the information and photos at the web site and after spending a couple of hours there realize that I haven't even begun to plumb the depths of information there.
I came across your website tonight and have been reading it and clicking on links for the past several hours. Thank you for the time it must have taken to put together so much information. ...
Gene Luevano, Cerritos, CA
I visited your web site earlier today (www.cprr.org) and I just wanted to congratulate you on a well presented, and informative web site ... It's not often that I come across a web site that offers a wealth of quality and hard to find information ...
Great Site! I'll be spending some time on it. ...
... Incredible mine photos, by the way! ...
Wonderful job on your website! Dan Myer
Wonderful web site. ...
... I recently discovered your website and found your collection of old-time photos to be quite extensive and informative. ...
Educational Resource Manager,
Old Tucson Studios
You have a great website & messaging program! I applaud your quick and professional responses. I appreciate everyone's help ...
... St Raphael's [School in California] is allowing me to teach a segment
to the ... 4th grade ... class on the transcontinental railroad. ... While
surfing the web to see if there were any activities I could use, and to
educate myself about the transcontinental railroad, I came across your
(actually through the SCORE
website). It's wonderful! I think the interactive
railroad game looks great! ... Your site is really quite wonderful.
Many thanks. Great
Kyle K. Wyatt,
Curator of History & Technology,
California State Railroad Museum
... very interesting. I'll incorporate [the CPRR Museum] when
I teach the class
again next fall .
Joel Michaelsen, UCSB
4th Grade Social Studies Resources Central Pacific Railroad: Photographic History Museum
This is an interesting and well-designed web museum of the Central Pacific Railroad.
It has pictures and discriptions of the building process, biographies of the
owners, a timeline, news articles and much more. Napa Valley
Educator's Reource Page
Thank you again ... you are truly amazing! Patti Kelleher
I must say that you have a very nice website.
Thanks, Stewart Huckaby, Heritage Rare Coin Galleries
The most interesting find on the web
... is the wealth of photographic resources available at cprr.org.
... I would like to commend you on the quality and usefulness of your website.
I live in Northern Utah and became interested in the Promontory area and
the history and impact of the railroad. Naturally, that is how I found
your website. Yours is the most informative and complete that I have come
across. ... I have made a donation to CPRR.ORG via
I am giving a talk today on skin cancers and I wanted to use your
picture of all the men standing around at the joining
of the Union
Pacific railway to illustrate their dress and the fact that they are all
wearing hats (thereby reducing their exposure to the sun). ... Thank you so much!
I really appreciate it!
I don't usually email about websites but the [CPRR] is near and dear to me for many reasons. I know how much work goes into a site like this and you have done a great job. The information is incredible and I hope to be able to come back and enjoy it for quite some time. ... Thank you for this website.
... I've been using part of your site as a resource for my fourth graders for some time now so I wanted to send you a thank you :) My name is Nicole and I'm a teacher with Pine Mountain School District in California. In January we started a program which teaches our kids how to effectively use the internet for research ... Your links page was one that the kids found and added it to our classroom bookmarks! We use it often :) ...Thanks again! Nicole DiCaprio
I love your website on the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad ...
... this site is the best source I could possibly have ...
... excellent archive ...
Winner of the 2005 - 2006 Golden Web Award. Congratulations!
Central Pacific Railroad Museum has been reviewed
and chosen to bear the 2005-2006 Golden Web Award. In recognition of creativity, integrity and excellence on the Web.
of Web Masters & Designers
Thank you again for ... the Pacific Railroad website. I have obtained
a wealth of information ... from the site ... I am extremely impressed
by the attention to detail included. The high-speed
internet connection was certainly useful. ... I was particularly
interested in the tunneling involved with the completion
of the railroad as well as Lewis M.
Clement's explanation of the difficulties encountered and the price of the project.
It appears as though, since the project was completed ahead of schedule, those
in power assumed that the task was easy. Mr. Clement does an outstanding
job of justifying the practices of the railroad.
... I enjoyed checking out the [CPRR Museum website]. I've looked at
the CPRR photos previously and it seems a new experience each time. ... Francois
D. "Bud" Uzes, P.L.S.
Thank you so much! This will really help. I appreciate it. I will look through all of it and see how it might work into my story. Again, thanks!
Thank you so much for your quick reply and valuable information.
Lisa K. Neuberger
Your images ... are very enjoyable ... Thank you for the terrific website and all the hard work that you've put in to document this history. I ... was thrilled by the great
photo's you've posted. ... spectacular too. It always amazes me to find so much information on the World Wide Web when looking for items of interest. Keep up the good work ...
Mel Brown, author of CHINESE
HEART OF TEXAS: The San Antonio Community 1875-1975.
Your site is quite beautiful. ...
Thank you. I am impressed by the helpful responses I have received from CPRR.
I was browsing trying to identify some railroad
postcards published by the
Southern Pacific RR and found your site. What an example of fine
scholarship! While I did not find the information I was looking for, I did
get so involved in looking at your site and following the links that I have
a whole new appreciation for the historical importance of railroads in the
settlement of our country. Many thanks.
Jasper Green Pennington,
Thanks ... your website ... is very impressive. I am happy to
have provided ... the 1860
Republican Platform ... it makes a nice addition to your collection
Terence M. Lengyel
We are sophomore students enrolled in an honors history course. ... the National
History Day competition ... is a nationwide contest for high school students. This years theme is triumph and tragedy in history. ... We have chosen to do our project on the Transcontinental Railroad because of its effects on American society. The photographs on your website inspired us to create a documentary ... Thank you for creating such a thorough webpage on the history of the railroad.
K.L. and C.M.
My son was granted permission to use ... pictures ... [of] the letter written from William Smith in 1875 which describes his journey on the transcontinental railroad, as part of his exhibit ... for the California History Day competition ... His individual exhibit project is on the transcontinental railroad and the impact it had on America. ... We are happy to say that he won the California competition [and] is now representing the state of California at the  National History Day competition at the University of Maryland ...
... You have here a fabulous source of imagery on your site & I applaud the work that has gone into this site! ...
... Your CPRR website is phenomenal ... sooo beautiful and so educational, I'd love to share your website to my class.
Thank you so much that [information about how the Transcontinental Railroad
lead to the creation of the time zones in
the United States] was so helpful! You are great!
Hi! What a Great Site!! I am looking for locomotive
pictures especially of CP 237 (El Gobernador) a 4-10-0 steamer of 1883 made
by the Central Pacific shops. ... Thanks!!! ...
Wow!! Thanks! What a great page! Just came back from a driving trip to Northern
Cal following I-80 to Chicago and kept looking at the UP tracks along the way!
One of these years I will take the off road drive just west of Promontory and
the original road bed for 90 some miles!! ... Thanks Again for you time
and response!!! Keep up the good work on the web site!! lots of good info there!!! Clint
Mason, Electronic Design Engineering, Philips Advance Transformer
Hey, I just recently started school (big whoop!
hehe) and in my Honors Government class we were given this assignment where
we must partner up, take the historical dates we are given, and make a time
line. We are required to use 50 images out of 75 dates, and captions for
the events, blah blah. Anyway, basically im trying to get my first 15 this
weekend and i found your website off yahoo when i typed Transcontinental
Railroad. There were 2 specific pictures i was wondering if i could
for that event? However, my printer doesnt have colored ink ... my mom actually
hasnt bought any in almost a whole year... dont ask me how we survived with
that one, hehe ... I'm trying to sound professional for a sophmore..
(hehe) am i doing alright? ok, well, ... I thought that was really neat and
i'd think my teacher would be like "wow thats so good! A ++++++." lol.. keep
dreaming right? yeah, well.. lol i really liked those 2 pictures, even
though your whole site is so full of information! its really good! However,
i've got a few more pictures i need to look up... so I'm really hoping you
guys get back to me before Monday?.. lemme think... yea monday.. because
that is my due date for my 15 pictures. Thanks so much! Have a great day!!!
I just came across your website and found it to be a wonderful railroad resource! Your website offers several different resources relating to the history of railroads, along with resources to learn more about railroads. With all the information that's provided, it's almost like a one-stop-shop for all those interested in railroads! ...
love your site ...
Jon Protas, Eric Warren, and Eric Lehnartz, SepiaTown Co-Founders
But wait - in researching one of the other stamps on these pages, I
found the incredible site of The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic
History Museum, which you must visit, it has a fabulous collection of railroad
prints, including a classic Currier & Ives showing the Niagara
Railway Suspension Bridge.
on U. S. Stamps and Postal Stationery
... You have a very educational and entertaining website! Jaime F.M. Serensits, Publisher, The Railroad Press
Thanks ... for the quick answer –
I've been looking for the photo for a long time – really glad to see it.
Thanks so much!! I appreciate your help.
Angela Watercutter, on the research desk at WIRED Magazine
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. ... I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
I will look your site over some more, it's very interesting.
Marincic, Trail Boss, California Wagon Trail Thank you for a delightful, well-written article
in the CPRR museum.
I teach two US History classes at University of Memphis ... John Robertson
Many thanks for your prompt and informative reply to my query. I greatly appreciate it. ...
Thank you for a tremendous web-site!!!!!!!! ...
... You have a GREAT website. Thanks.
Katy Tahja and her ferroequanologist (Train loving) husband David
I would like you to know how awesome I thought your website was!
... I am a student from Rosemead High School working on my History
Day Project. Our theme this year is "Turning
Points in History." After several days of pondering, I decided
to use the "Transcontinental Railroad" as my research topic. I didn't
know where to begin my research, there was so much to learn and so many
to learn from. I decided to click a few icons on the Internet and
your website came up. From your website, I learned some very interesting
facts and saw some great photographs.
You gave me a good overview of its impact,
importance and greatness ... basically answers that I was looking for.
I knew at the moment it was something I was definitely interested in learning
more about. ... Sincerely,
I really love your website. ... Thanks for preserving this most beautiful time in American railroading.
I am doing a National
History Day ... presentation ... your virtual museum is really great.
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... You seem to have to have an incredibly vast amount of knowledge on your website. ...
Barbara, Big Bear Lake, California
Very interesting. Thanks!
I just happened across your B&ML website, and wanted to compliment you it's one of the most beautifully executed RR historical sites I've ever seen. Thank you so much for putting it up there!
Jeff Plate, Marshfield, MA
I found your website to be very facinating escpecially the section on
how the "Chinese
and Irish did not Blow Each Other Up." I am working on
a National History
Day project about the Chinese and Irish contributions
in the making of the Transcontinental Railroad. This year's theme is
about "Encounter, Exploration, or Exchange." We take the theme and
research an area of interest to present in an exhibit, powerpoint or
performance. Would someone at your site be willing to answer a few
Thank you so much for your quick response. I was very excited to open the email
this morning and find such a detailed list of answers. This will be a huge help
on our project. I will let you know how we do in the competition
T.G., Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, Irvine, California
I'm writing to congratulate you on all your work. I'm amazed
at how much has been done ... All the best ...
Willumson, Curator, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
I am very impressed with your website, if not overwhelmed!! ... Thank you for a wonderful website of historic information and images.
Bonnie Miller, Calaveras County Historical Society
... your website is very informative and very helpful for my assignment. ...
I am a junior in high school, and I am writing a paper on the Industrial Revolution
... Thanks so much
I loved ... your Railroad Idioms web page.
Evan Clark, NetControl Terminal, Union Pacific Railroad
Thank you so much for the information. It was very helpful.
... let me compliment your staff on the website. I not only learned valuable information for my family's history, I was thoroughly entertained by the many quotes between sections of the site. Thank you for a fun and valuable experience! ...
I've been spending the past two days visiting your web site.
It is really impressive! And the many links
have been very useful and informative.
Paul Weitfle The online museum is absolutely fantastic! Well done! ... I have been
browsing your online museum today, and must commend you on a excellent
and most interesting site I have ever seen! The photo's,
and the many other articles are fantastic,
great images, fine detail — have passed the site on to a few fellow friends
whom I thought would be interested. ...
Fritz N. Kuenzel, Railroad Locomotive Engineer
I am a professional land surveyor with some 35 years of experience
(15 years of which was as a government land surveyor (cadastral
surveyor))... Just a quick line to say thanks. I am a railroad
/ history nut (my wife's definition) and think you have hit the peak with
this site. ... I have been cruising your site and am discovering more and
more great things about it. The old magazine
and tech. journal articles are great. ... Keep up the great work.
Our history is our record of conduct and a guide to how we approach the
future. We should learn from our successes and apply that knowledge
to our lives.
Dan Bauer, Otak Inc.
... You're amazing! Thanks!
Brian D. Liddicoat, Watsonville, CA
Your website is great. It's very comprehensive and full of information. ...
Named Best of the Web for
Great Inventions of the Gilded Age by Shmoop
Your website won Shmoop's Best of the Web award for Great Inventions of the Gilded Age! Shmoop is an education website for students and teachers (middle school
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More Praise for Document Collections ... a wonderful collection of digitized contemporary articles on the building of the transcontinental railroad and its times ... Convergence Law Institute
I've looked at your web site several times in the past. You have
lot's of great material, especially the printed
documents that you have reproduced. It's a great reference. ...
I've much enjoyed your website on the CPRR. Keep up the good work. I've been
diligent reading all the fine pages you have posted, "studying up" for
retirement trip to Promontory that I'm planning after I wrap upa 43 year railroad
career. ... Tell me who is at the other end of this telegraph
wire...? You chaps
seem to work 24 hours a day, even on weekends. ... You do a marvellous job ...
and ... obviously have a tremendous amount of website competence. Congratulations
on a work so well done! ... Dang, but you guys are GOOD! ... The people who "populate" this
CPRR List, and the family who runs it, are an
incredible lot! Has ever a question been posed that you chaps were unable to
answer? Bless you, one and all!
Abram Burnett, New Cumberland, PA
I am amazed at your detective work. ... you have established a level of credibility
and professionalism with your web page that has become accepted nationally ...
... With all the splendid information on your site I will have to visit it a few times to read it all. I will recommend it to my RR friends and their families. Job well done to those who keep it going and updated.
I just came across your wonderful site. I don't know how I missed
it for 2 1/2 years. Let me commend you for the organization, the
layout, and the contents. I have added a link on my site about cable
cars. As a cable car enthusiast, I was particularly interested to
read about your great-great-great-grandfather, Lewis
M Clement. I will have to add him to my list of people important
in the development of the cable car. I was also interested to see the chapters
from Henry Root's memoirs. It
is a hard book to come by.
Cable Car Home Page San
Francisco Bay Ferryboats
Thanks for your website. ... I visited your website (CPRR.org) for the first time last night and I
noticed that you had some family tree resources. ... You
are doing some lovely work, and it is evidently appreciated by many
Melanie Walters, Family Tree Templates
I found your site so interesting, I bookmarked it. It is gratifying to know that this history will not be lost so that future generations will know where about out country and those who built it.
Helen A. Steinbrueck
... the site looks great ... Bill
... your web site is wonderful and ahh inspiring!!! ...
Peter J. McClosky
what a wonderful site ... my Dad was a third-generation Jersey Central Engineer,
so my personal love of the railroads runs deep. ... thank you. I really appreciate
your kindness and advice.
Dorothy E. Finnegan, PhD, Associate Professor, The College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum — Be sure to visit
this site! It is one of my favorites.
of the Nineteenth Century I have reviewed your site with great enjoyment. ...
Linda H. Moorhouse, Operations Manager, Jencons Scientific
One can always tell a labor of love. ...
Bill Weatherford, Morro Bay, Ca.
... cheers ... I really enjoy
reading what all you brains say in the discussion
group. I will always be
available for questions on railroad history,
especially the SP. ... Thanks. ... You folks are amazing to me in the depth of
your knowledge on CP. Thanks so much for all the effort you have
put into it. ... Good luck in all you do
and if you think of something with which I might be helpful be sure to
holler. ... I ran thru all the history pages and could hardly believe my eyes
at what you have amassed on CPRR history. Does your halo's light keep you awake
at night? It is truly amazing! ... Again, congratulations on your fantastic work
with CPRR Museum. ... And I certainly appreciate what you are doing at the CPRR
museum. ... you have done wonders ... You have done masterfully and I'm so glad
to be able to help. ... This project of yours is very dear to my heart. ... I
am so pleased to be even a tiny part in your magnificent production of the cprr.org
and its many wonderful exhibits. Thanks for letting me do what I could. ...
Your CPRR website gets better and
better. ... a magnificent website for posterity.
D. Farrar is the former Valuation Engineer for the Southern Pacific Company;
see the CPRR biographical notes]
Thank you so very much for the information. It's going to be of great help to me. ... Again, thank you so much.
... a word of thanks to you, the museum, and "correspondents"... for assistance, information, and corrections. ... Heise Huntington, Zamboni & Huntington
Books, Bangor, Maine
I visited your site and have to say Im very impressed. ... real professionals.
Like your site very much. And thank you for adding a link to my [Southern
Pacific Railroad] site.
... the most ambitious web site user agreement of all time ...
The legalese ... gives every sign of having
been professionally drafted by a competent lawyer .... We've been cracking each
other up by reading
selections aloud ...
Blog, Yale University, School of Law
> It looks like a parody that was intended to illustrate the absurdity of
EULA's and copyright law. ...
> The links at its top strongly suggest it's a spoof – if so I have
to say as a practising UK lawyer I think it's a pretty good one. ...
> ... a museum curator's equivalent of a primal
All aboard! Anyone can enjoy the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum, but train and history buffs will be immediately entranced. This isn't a slick site, yet people wouldn't come to it to see the latest in Web design. Instead, you'll find amazing photos, drawings and maps about the people, places and times when railroads expanded across the United States, opening its wide expanses to the world. The challenges of the enterprises - from chicanery to smallpox to natural barriers - is covered in great detail, with lots of links from one section to the next to keep you constantly clicking, much as the trains themselves finally rolled across the tracks. While most sites avoid lots of text, this one gives you plenty to read as you learn the good and the bad about a bygone time. Destination: history!"
Mary Westheimer, Host, Eye
on the Web – An international radio show featuring the fun and
fanciful world of the Web, sponsored by sculptor Kevin Caron
It´s a great site you got.
Benjamin Sandström Olsen, Denmark
... wonderful job ...
I just wanted to let you know that I think this is an awesome web site.
Not much of a train person myself, I've found myself doing a university
paper on trains. It was your web site that really got me interested,
especially with such amazing photos. Keep up the great work, I'm
sure many find you to be inspiring.
It has been my intention to ... link to your site ... every since I
first saw CPRR.org. As soon as our web site construction advances
to the point of adding links, rest assured that we will link to this tremendous
Bob Hanover, National
Park Service Re: CDV's of Engineers ... Got a chance to look at the CDV's. Quite impressive work.
I'm glad you were able to incorporate them into your web site.
S. Lee Nice site! The before and after photographs of the BMLRR Belfast Armstrong turntable filled in were
just heartbreaking. ...
The website is very informative and also amazing in the captured pictures. ...
... compliments on your virtual museum. It is fantastic! ... an excellent
example of what can be done.
Chris Lambrecht, Atlanta Georgia
... This website has been a big help. Thanks!
Thanks so much for the information and your swift reply.
Alana H. Lines, Reference Assistant, Eugene Public Library, Oregon
Thank you again for the wonderful site and the help in recreating the ... Pullman Rail Car ... for the theater production of "Once In A Lifetime" at Tarrant County College here in Fort Worth Texas.
... This extraordinarily rich collection of photos, stereographs, engravings, and 19th century writing provides first-hand accounts of the building of that first trans-continental railroad.
I have just re-read your history of the BML –
is excellent – the best
history I have seen. ...
Joey Kelley, Webmaster, Railroads of Northern New England
... I am a history teacher ... I love your website. Thanks
Thank you very much for letting me use the pictures ... for my U.S. History
AP class ... slide show. ... you are a great help. ...
Thank you very much y'all have been a great help to me I really apreciate it ...
Just want to take a moment to say that you have a great site ... Again,
let me say what a wonderful site your is. The information will provide
many pleasurable ... hours.
Looked at the site and offer my compliments, especially on the java[script]
rollover to achieve stereo effects. ... Sincerely
Miklos Legrady Love your site ...
B. Becker, Director, The American Museum of Photography I work for Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Francisco office.
We are currently in the process of putting up a webpage that is devoted
Pacific American History Month and would like to link to your site
... Thanks ...
My son is a 4th grade student ... required to do a social studies project for school ... due Friday. I was thrilled to find the pictures that are available to print out ... Thank you so much for responding so quickly. ...
Karen E. Muniz
... really informative ... Numerous people will be benefited from your writing.
I have seen the CPRR.org website. I really enjoy the photos! How great
to have a family member who was involved with the construction!
... we came across your wonderful website in our research ... Keep
up the marvelous work!
Dr. Ellen Stekert
Your site rules ... Hey, you have an awesome site! And better
yet, you made it on a Mac! Sweet. ... Your site was very very helpful
to me, especially all the pictures. Thanks much!
... What a great site! An online museum. This is what
the Internet was created for. ...
Caren Secord, Calgary, Alberta
This information is invaluable. ...
... That's quite a history that your family is apart of, and we've enjoyed the
CPRR.org website for years! We especially like the early
photographs. ... Thanks
again, Ivan & Catherine
My kid is doing research on Golden
Spike National Historic Site. The info on your website was very
helpful (and it doesn't hurt either that I am a train buff!). Thanks,
My wife and I have been having a great time exploring your new CPRR
Web site. I don't think I've ever seen another so well put together,
cross-referenced, and extensive. I wonder what L.
M. Clement and Jacob Blickensderfer,
inspector members of U.S. Special
Pacific Railroad Commission, would think of taking the trip in hours
by computer? ... My wife thanks you for including, among other things,
the 19th century books online and
the Currier & Ives prints.
I want to thank you for including LARGE
images. I'm a visually stimulated person. Seeing the large image
of folks standing on top of the freight train - Freight
Train Rounding Cape Horn (Watkins' New Cabinet Series, detail),
and of the locomotive FALCON (Locomotive
Falcon at Argenta, Nevada), stretches my imagination. I try to transport
back to their time (1850s to 1880s) and it amazes me what folks did
back then: How do you make and maintain 66 inch drivers and their tires
along with the rest of the locomotive - in Utah? How do you move
and position that 75 foot log that becomes part of a trestle? Railroad
progress too slow, want to work at night under the lights - haul in more
whale oil ... Got to maintain the 1.75% grade, so cut right through that
granite mountain with pick axes, a little black powder and that new fangeled
nitro stuff - and do it this month. The heat - how did they cope
... - fastest thing on earth is the 60 mph 4-4-0. ... - how
do you feed thousands of workers ... it's going to be fun learning the
story of the CPRR. And thanks to everyone who worked on or supplied
material for the project. Most appreciated.
... fantastic website, specifically the page
on the Palace Hotel ... Thanks for maintaining such a wonderful and detailed website! It's a true treasure trove.
Rob Spoor, San Francisco City Guides, Palace Hotel Guide
... great photos and a very nice set of web pages that you have put together for them.
Neat site ...
Central California Rails
My son is doing a report on the transcontinental railroad and the golden
spike ceremony for his 8th grade history class. ... Thank you.... Pretty
... what a great site! You have SO much information, and
it's been really, really helpful for this project my friend and I are
doing for AP US History. ...
Thanks for the information [about transcontinental railroad
landmarks and the Indians and the railroad].
It is very helpful!
One of the best educational resources on the Web. ... Academic
I looked at your wonderful website. I really enjoyed it and wish to visit
Wonderful site to see! I am new to being a railroad fan ... Just
wanted to tell you how I appreciate this site ... Came here through Senior
Net Book discussion ...
Faith Rogers, From Beautiful River City ... minutes away from the Sacramento
Great Website! ...
... Thanks again for your quick and helpful response ... your website
Erica Pinkston, Video Producer for the National
Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Thank you so much for emailing me back This will help us out My son thought it was so neat that we got an email back from info he was looking for . Well we off to look
at these web sites Thanks again
I really like your website! ... great reading.
I was doing a search for abandoned railways (looking for track).
I work on a shortline
railway. ... on the steam engines (firing) as well as the standard
gauge line to the Santa Cruz Beach and doing track work by handcar.
I even have a website for it- ... handcar.net
and I'm looking for history and such about handcars,
handcar.net Hello! My name is Mrs. Boyer, the music teacher at Edison Elementary
in Edison, Ohio. The fifth graders and I have been singing Paddy
Works on the Railway, which prompted quite a conversation about the Transcontinental
Railroad. We were wondering where
the Golden Spike is now, ... and we ... Just found it on the FAQ area
of your web site! My music students ... are quite enthralled.
... Love the web site ... Thank you,
... You have a wonderful site!
Janet M. LaWall
WOW just what I was looking for. ...
... I'm writing the history of my great grandparents. Now a mystery has been solved, and a hole in the text can be filled in. I appreciate the expertise, generosity, and promptness of your response. Thanks again.
... contains tons of useful information, thanks for providing ...
Thank you! These are great
references it would have taken me a long time to find them at the library, weeks if not months.
Alice J. Friedemann
Thank you for sharing the photographs
of the Transcontinental Railroad grade through the Sierra Nevada. I'm reading Stephen
Ambrose's book* now and it has inspired me to explore the route someday
in person. These images were an awesome surprise as I searched the internet,
at the Golden Spike Historic Site. Your generous contribution is much appreciated.
... Thank you ... for sharing some of your family history. You truly have railroad
steel in your blood. ... I continued looking
at your Sierra Grade images. What a treat!
*Bruce Cooper comments that "I am glad that you are reading
building of the Pacific Railroad. (I provided him with a great deal of material
turned out to be one of the key figures in his book.) Although Steve made a
number of errors in some of the details
of the story, his book nonetheless gives a wonderful flavor of just how magnificent
an achievement building the
railroad actually was. (When you finish Steve's book you may also find of
interest the far more detailed acount by David Bain called Empire
I am delighted that you have found your viewing the rest my Sierra images such
a treat. It was certainly great fun to visit and photograph the line as well as to create these galleries. It
is very nice to know that they are appreciated. ... Thanks again for your interest
in our family website and I hope you will find that it will give you many hours
of enjoyment." I just found your site again and wanted to drop you a line or two to
let you know that I think your museum web site is fantastic. I will be
placing it on my favorites list. I am currently a Railroader working
for the California Northern Railroad on the old ESPEE west valley line.
This line was at one time a part of the California Pacific that was absorbed
by the CPRR and later by the ESPEE. I've always been interested in
the history of the first railroads of California and your site will be
quite helpful in my amateur research on varying subjects. Best regards,
J. Mark French
I can't begin to say how much I get from the CPRR website. It's
simply terrific, and so well constructed, especially with all the links.
... Keep up the great job!
Kevin V. Bunker, Student Assistant, California State Archives
I went to your Website and was amazed at the number of links
you have. What a great resource. ...
John Kowalewski, StandardNET Online News Editor
Wow ... The whole look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content material! ...
The CPRR Museum is terrific ... your museum is the best thing I've seen for many years re: the Pacific Railroad; keep on building on your success!
... WOW!! That sure looks impressive! History can be fun, you know.
... your site is extraordinary, you are providing good history for our
Thank You. ... Thanks for the GOOD
HISTORY!!!! ... your work is the best! Thanks for putting the fruit
of our labors on your site!!
Thank you for letting me share the history I
care so much about! ... [and] for being a good editor ... Thanks for stating
so clearly the myths about the CPRR. ... What you are doing is quite remarkable,
my hat is off to
you! ... You do mighty well with your camera,
and I do like the precision that you maintain in following history! ... Nice
job, well done. ... A GIANT Thank you ... Thanks so much for the help ...
You once again have done some remarkable work ... Good stuff ... THANK YOU for
your kindness and thoughtfulness. G.J. "Chris" Graves
"The very ink with which all history is written
is merely fluid prejudice" —Mark Twain.
... Your site is a really masterful one. I am greatly impressed by
the thoughtfulness and hard work that went into it. ... I can't thank you
enough for the time that you have spent ... and also for posting so much
important material online ...
Mintz, Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities,
Fine Arts and Communications, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
... It's nice to have it on a platter in this form. Fascinating reading.
I checked the site out and it's great! ...
Marks What a great site...
Loreley Hodkin, City Historian for the City of Auburn, California
Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful educational content on
the web ...
...amazing galleries that you present on this
I've just learned of the demise of the B&MLRR, with much sadness ... that is
some fabulous history you've written. I ... am always thrilled to come upon such
historical research combined with very strong writing skills. Your piece is a
Kate Wallace Johnson, Okanogan, Washington
Thanks very much for the ... [Philadelphia,
Germantown and Norristown Railroad stock] certificate. It's fascinating.
I appreciate your posting it. We placed to a link
to it in our commentary.
Doug Heller, USHistory.org
Wonderful Wonderful ... I really enjoyed your web site.
Dan Pogo, The oil' gandy dancer.
Lots of great info on you web site. Thank you very much.
Theodore Berg, Lehman Brothers
"A nice collection of historic Central Pacific
Railroad maps from the 19th century." ... I've added your site to my
"Transportation Geography" category of links
(although I plan on creating a "Railroads" category soon) ... May
it bring you much well-deserved traffic!
Matt T. Rosenberg, About.com
Guide to Geography
Hello folks! Fantastic website!
Keep up the good work.
John A. Habermann, P.E.
I am really impressed by your web site. ... Congratulations
on a magnificent job in preserving the history of such an important entity
in our country.
... Thanks for your help and compliments for the beautiful site!
Stefano (student) Milan, Italy
... nice site!
Alan B. Howard, Director, American
Studies Programs, The University of Virginia
... I truly thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.
We found your website CPRR.org while surfing in Open
Directory Project. We were
and lay-out of your site.
Defining Presence Marketing Group
Thank you so much for a wonderful and informative site. It will
prove to be of great interest and education to many especially those who
are railway collectors. Congratulations. ... Thanks again.
Thank you for your contributions to
the history of our area.
Cyndi Dalton, Greater Belfast
Area Chamber of Commerce
... an excellent addition to our directory. It is now active on EduHound.com.
Everything for Education K-12!
I can't believe how great ... [the four restored vintage Union
Pacific Railroad overland "shield" schedules] look! I had picked
them up at an estate sale (Effie Putnam Doyle). They were hidden
among a bunch of papers, ads etc., fixing to be tossed aside (last day
of the sale). I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see they are
being put to good use — they are something you don't see everyday. Thanks...
... excellent and most informative web site. ...
Dr. George F. MacLachlan
First Transcontinental Railroad ... site... of high quality containing information
research within the Postal History area Sllskapet fr Svensk Posthistorisk
Dokumentation (Swedish Postal History Society) ... have taken a look at your great web site and I am very impressed.
... Warmest regards,
... I'm enjoying your site immensely — very well done.
on Stamps of the United States I visited your site today and added you to my link list. Cool stuff.
Craig Goldwyn, Real
3D photography Thanks for the wonderful resource. ...
The "Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum" is a wonderful
site ... Thanks again,
George Izquierdo, Web Director, MayberryUSA Online
The website is fantastic and a great source of information.
Thanks — Mike McEachern
I visited your cprr.org website. Being a Shuttlerbug myself, I really enjoyed it. Troy Wheeler, Archive Angel
These are really great photos ... and I
enjoyed going through your site.
Overland Trail Great Railroad Race - Virtual Museum and Game
Here is your chance to help America become united and economically strong. The
Civil War has begun but it still takes months of dangerous travel to get across
the U.S. from coast to coast. Business leaders, military planners, and travelers
want a much faster and cheaper way to move goods and people. They want ships
from Asia to be able to land in California and then send goods to buyers overland,
rather than sending the ships all the way around the tip of South America to
eastern harbors. In order to be strong, the nation must decide where to build
a railroad to unite East and West. In 1862 Abraham Lincoln signs the Pacific
Railway Act.... Orange Unified School District, California: Industrial Revolution
- Academy of the Arts
Wow, you are great ... I'm wondering how a person can be so kind and helpful.
Thank you very much.
Henry M. Anderson