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CPRR Railroad Police Badges
OLD CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD "SPECIAL SERVICE" POLICE BADGE
Extremely rare German silver 5 point star with flat ball tips from the Central Pacific Railroad Company. Badge has a saddle pin with copper cover plate. These are quite rare with only a few known to exist in collections. This one came from a well known west coast law badge collector.
Courtesy Chip Greiner, Railroad Bull Antiques.
5-point German silver star lettered "Police Service C.P.R.R. 71." There is no hallmark.
This one was the last badge used in the 1890's before the CPRR became the Southern Pacific.
This badge was given by the Southern Pacific Company to an official of a national railroad organization who also was an employee of the Southern Pacific Company. It is now in the hands of its third collector since 1950.
Courtesy of an anonymous donor.
VINTAGE CENTRAL PACIFIC SPECIAL POLICE BADGE
"Joe Cooper, born in 1880, wore this badge in his first job with Central Pacific Railroad. The badge was assigned to him between 1900 and 1905. He was at least 6' 3" and had a deep bass voice, just right to be a cop. The Central Pacific was acquired by Southern Pacific and Joe was eventually the head of bridge construction for Southern Pacific and was in charge of the Southern Pacific bridge built spanning the Royal Gorge. But he started off as a railroad dick. The badge is 1 3/4" across."
Courtesy Bill Dahl.
" Badge #82 from the Central Pacific Railroad. There are only four known badges from this railroad that survive to this day."
Courtesy Richard McMorran, Colorado Springs, Colorado; image restoration courtesy of Bruce C, Cooper.