Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

CPRR Survey Map 1868, Nevada County, California
Summit of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sierra Survey Map
Detail of Sierra Summit and Donner Lake

This map represents the final location of the Central Pacific Railroad through Nevada County, California and a portion of Placer County signed and sealed with the CPRR copper seal on December 29, 1868 by E.B. Crocker, Acting President (Stanford was unable to make the signing), E. H. Miller Jr., Treasurer, and Samuel S. Montague, Chief Engineer.  Debbie A. Kenitzer further reports a family story that this map was given or sold by Montague to a good friend and fellow engineer who admired it and was handed down generation to generation of engineers and surveyors. It was at one time folded, put in a drawer and forgotten about for years.

Sierra Survey Map
Complete 1868 CPRR Linen Survey Map (behind glass)

Sierra Survey Map
Detail, Cisco and Boundary between Placer and Nevada Counties, California

Sierra Survey Map
Detail, Sierra Summit Profile

Sierra Survey Map

Sierra Survey Map

Signed by E.B. Crocker, Acting President, E.H. Miller, Jr., Secretary, and S.S. Montague, Chief Engineer, Dec. 29, 1868.    Stanford's name had actually been erased (you can still see it) and E. B. Crocker written over it.
Sierra Survey Map
Detail, CPRR Seal

Debbie A. Kenitzer describes that this linen CPRR 1868 survey map has an embossed copper CPRR company seal with a raised train logo in the center surrounded by writing around the edge:  "... the raised letters read:  'Central Pacific Rail Road Co.' (around the top outside); 'of California' (along the bottom outside); 'Incorporated June 23, 1861' (along the bottom inside). The picture in the middle is ... difficult to see it looks like the front and side of a train with smoke coming out of the stack rolling over to the back of the train."

Courtesy of Debbie A. Kenitzer.


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