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SIDNEY DILLON manuscript letter dated, Dec 9th, 1874, on UPRR Presidents Office, letterhead.

This letter outlines a proposal from the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, for the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads to pool cars from Chicago to San Francisco. Looks like the first proposal for run thru cars, which is a common practice today. Dillon, apparently did not care for the idea, but added, it could save five or six days in transit time. This two page, 10" x 8" letter was written and signed by an historical Union Pacific Railroad President, who was present at the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869.


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