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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
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
Kudos on a fantastic blog.
... the site looks great ...
... 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
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.
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!
Thank you for such a quick reply to my inquiry; it's really appreciated.
Thank you for the quick response and helpful links.
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
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. ...
I love your website, and thank you for educating us on the contributions of workers from China.
... 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
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.
I came across your site, http://cprr.org, and absolutely loved it!
Idris Adeyanu, Eurail
... 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,
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
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! ...
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
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.
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
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
I have been spending more time at the CPRR site and can see that there
is a tremendous amount of information there. I can also see it is
a labor of love. This is a very impressive site and thank you for taking
the time to do this. A few years ago we stopped at Promontory,
Utah and saw where the connection between the two railroads was made.
Phillip A. Erickson
Nice job on the [Belfast and Moosehead Lake
Railroad] site. I used to work for the BML on the Swedish locomotive.
I fired it part time for a couple of years, and in the '99 operating season
I was the engineer and primary care taker of it. ...
Thanks again. ... I've enjoyed every article. Wish I'd known sooner!
Bill Anderson, The Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento
Historical Railroad Association
I very much enjoy your web site. The information and
photos are outstanding. I was especially interested
in the Bruce Frenzinger photos of the reproduction
Jupiter and 119. ...
As a longtime rail fan, I love your website and all the historical, informative information on CPRR especially on early Western photographers that did work with rail companies.
Bob Riha, Jr., Photographer
Your web site is very impressive ...
The CPRR website is indeed wonderful – I intend to wander
around in it in days to come.
"An Iowa collector"
A site that is overwhelmingly large, containing
a virtual plethora of railroad information,
and links. A search
feature is available to make navigation easier through the immense
resources. Pages on this site include photo-galleries,
exhibits and catalogs, and a
site FAQ. It also makes available numerous
links to first hand sources of the railroad,
such as articles from newspapers and
magazines from the actual time of railroad construction.
Adam Grybowski, Rutgers University
VERY handsome. ...
David Sapir, Fixing Shadows
What a fabulous website! ... greatly appreciated!
You have a really nice web site. We linked to the Museum from
our Fun Facts
Page, which gets a lot of traffic.
Marilyn Knapp Litt, Webmaster
- U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
This is a terrific website that contains all manner of information about
the first transcontinental railroad. Learn about the people,
the financing, the workers,
and the work behind driving that first line
across the United States. It contains many links
to railroad history and has info about preserving
photographs. ... You have a very neat website.
... A very impressive web site.
Gibson, The Old West
Thank you! [for the pictures for my son's School Report] My son
and I are VERY excited. The whole site has been very helpful with
our research and since his grandparents came from Canton through San Francisco
to Ogden, UT this has been very fascinating research for both of us.
Thank you again.
Aaron and Derek Omori
... thanks again. I enjoyed surfing your website and the [permissions]
for the pictures has been a pleasure.
Robert Carr, Carr Productions [Video for the cable television International
Central Pacific Railroad Historical Site Provides great pictures and
history of the Central Pacific Railroad.
Found your site fascinating. ... my grandfather,
... worked as a carpenter on the snow sheds. ... he was in
the famous picture atop the engine ...
You have a wonderful site!!
Joanne Haug, VICTORIANA.COM
[ɹǝpun uʍop puɐl ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ]
Great site! ... have just finished reading Stephen
Ambrose's book about the Transcontiental RR ...
... wonderful page. Thanks for making it available on the web.
Edmund Sass, Resources
for Social Studies Homework Help
An extensive website ... A well-done
piece of history on the web. ...
I have added your great site to
Delcampe Philatelic Auctions
... The images in your collection are amazing ...
Justine Bertucelli, Lennon Documentary Group
Congratulations! A great article, informative ... The
Central Pacific Railroad
and the Legend of Cape Horn ...
The Central Pacific's web pages are of a more historical nature, as
you would expect. Here is found original
newspaper pages announcing the celebration at Promontory. Also, ...
brimming with awesome vintage photographs and stereographs of the period.
... big time web site. This is WORTH a look!
Wind Photography - Ogden
Utah's Railroad Legacy
... you've a great and fascinating website.
Paul Tominac, San Francisco
... Your website is very interesting and informative. ... Thanks for putting
such a great website.
Edward R. Surber
I love cprr.org - it's awesome.
It is a very informative and interesting website. ...
Great site! ...
... I'm very grateful for the use of those pictures ... I dropped them
into the video and they work
Brendan Compton, Donner
travel66's choice, The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History
Museum. This is one you "must see" if you love the Old West. A great
site and one of my newest favorites! ... You have done a fine
job and the photographs are very interesting.
resource with lots of photos. ... I checked out your site and it
is wonderful! ... a good site for kids! :-)
Paula Barnard, Fourth Grade Teacher
States History Resources
Eagle Creek Elementary School, Arlington, WA
I have been reading Stephen Ambrose's book
about the transcontinental railroad. A search with Google
quickly took me to your astounding site. I
was taken by the Thomas
Hill portrait ... a great site. Thanks for the good work.
Thank you for the help ... Believe me when I say I can't say
enough good things about your site. The on-line availability ... has been
invaluable to our research. Where else could I have determined the weight
of the Sacramento, as I needed to do yesterday, and was able to on
your site in less than a half hour? Please keep up the good work
— you are a model for all sites aiming to balance access to both popular
and in-depth research materials. ... everytime I check back to the CPRR
website it is more helpful. ...
They are beautiful [locomotive] pictures and it was nice to see such a clean one of the ... Gov. Stanford locomotive. According to the writing on the photo, the locomotive is at Stanford University. Is that still true?
You have a great site. There is so much information. I'm doing a school
History Fair Project ... -----Thanks
I am not a railroad afficinado but am trying to find an obscure town
in California. But this site is fabulous! And it has wonderful
capabilities. Someone or a group of someones has done a lot of work.
Lisa Musick, Temecula, CA
You sure have a fun site to visit. I posted it to the Old West
Links section of Lone Hand
... I enjoyed your website and added it to my bookmarks.
John Gonzales, Senior Librarian
Room, California State Library
... your Web Site is great! It is one of my favorites.
Coli, Central Pacific Railroad Modeller
TRAINS, TRAINS, AND MORE TRAINS
Train fanatics and photographers alike, sit down and enter the Central
Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum! There's lots of train
photography here to peruse. For example, check out the fascinating
stereograph, a popular nineteenth-century technique in which two nearly
identical side-by-side images that are supposed appear 3D. The first
images shown here were taken in Sacramento in 1863. This is a great
display of Victorian-era photography, and if your train jones isn't satisfied,
you can follow the links for more railroadin' info. Don't forget
your conductor's hat!
on Photography Magazine Archive, May 18, 2000, Vol. 94, No. 6.
digital restoration of
images] work is fantastic!
I LOVE your website – thanks for the wealth
of information and the fun of reading it all! ... Wow, thank you, that was fast.
Bev Osborn, Quarasan Group
Outstanding and impressive pictorial material
I have linked to your excellent web site. My web site is about
Ingalls who was a Quartermaster and involved with both the Steptoe
Expedition (to bring justice for [Army
Topographical Engineer John W.] Gunnison's death). [Ingalls]
was also the Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac and had a lot of
dealings with the railroads in the Civil War ...
... There are many different types of images as well as essays
about the construction of the railroad, what it was like to be a passenger
on the railroad, who built the railroad, and much more. ... thorough site
Education Resource Center - Expert Picks
What a nice site! ... it will give me great pleasure to link to your
Abbott, Huntington Family Association
Great [B&ML] site ...
Norman, B&MLRR Modeler who works for the UP in Nevada
I must complement you on the beautiful collection of historic images
on your site. ...
Sarah Wassell, Editor, Arcadia Publishing, Chicago, Illinois
Visit the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic Historical
Museum site ..., and
try your hand at the Great Railroad Race, a game for students. ... This excellent
historical game traces the historical path of the building of the Central Pacific
Railroad. (It was created by Meg Deppe for the Schools
of California Online Resources for Education.)
Clement and Kay Thomas present the magical city by the bay-
San Francisco: educational overview ... for students,
This is a great link. ...
Debbie, Grafx Gallery
... the Central Pacific Photo History Museum ... looks great and I
particularly like the "Joining of the Rails" photo
and the Harpers wood engraving ...
Baldwins Old Maps & Prints
I have [visited the CPRR Museum] a number of times — a very nice site.
You have done a great job with the cleanup
and presentation of the stereo images. ...
I have recently been directed to your site to note the way in which
you show stereocards by alternating 'correct' and 'pseudo' views to create
(This follows some discussions on the photo-3d
email list ...). I have tried a number of implementations of
stereo, but these are not mouse-contingent ... [T]he method you
used has the advantages of using .jpg images, giving the normal view for
parallel viewers, pseudo view for cross-eyed viewers, and depth from motion.
L. Hinton, Stereoscopic Images of Lighter than Air Flight, Bristol,
a spectacular collection!
Noted STANLEY Relations:
STANLEY, John Mix [1814-1872] - American artist
Specialized in scenes from the American West.
I went through the pictures, they are great!
Visited your ... website - very nice! ...
Meg Coughlin, Mid Atlantic Representative, Railroadiana
Collectors Association Inc (RCAI)
You have quite a site. ... So [telegraph]
keys, insulators, railroads, all linked, all on the Web, a fascinating
tour of history and 19th century technology. Thanks again!
Awesome! Absolutely loved it!
Your site is great ...
Your site is wonderful!
Haley & Steele
The CPRR website is great ...
Professor Anthony R. Kovscek, Stanford University
Great materials and a wonderful website. Thanks ...
Austin Kerr, Professor of History, Ohio State University
Bill S. Lee
Just checked out your site. Very cool! ...
Shawn W. Graham
I am writing to you to Express my gratitude for the excellent service! ...
check out this really cool web site (virtual museum) for railroad
An incredible treasure trove of historic photographs relating to the
development of railroads. Includes pictures of Chinese
immigrants laying track.
Guilded Age WebQuest
Your website is fantastic! ...
... your website is outstanding ... well done!
Virginia & Truckee
Awesome ... great site ... loved it
Incredible blog. Love it. ...
I am fascinated by the history I read on your site. ...
Jeanne O. Strausz, Tabor College Wichita
I LOVE ... The Great Railroad Race - The Transcontinental Railroad ... and would like to possibly use it for my sixth grade class ...
Your web site is great! ...
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - A searchable
site that traces the history of the railroad that met
the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory
Point, Utah, May 10, 1869, to complete the first transcontinental railroad.
The online collection includes photographs, stereographs,
and survey maps, and other related materials. A bibliography,
and related links are included.
D.L., Librarians' Index to the Internet
"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for
others and the world remains and is immortal." —Albert Pine
Thanks for all the fan mail!
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