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Pyramid Oil Co. crew, world champion pullers, Oildorado Day, Taft, California, October 22, 1965. Billy Hillburn, Wally Bingham, Mat Bingham receive their trophy from Gena Fru. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Central Pacific Railroad 4-6-0 steam locomotive second No. 177 on the turntable at the Sacramento Shops. This locomotive was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 7, 1886. It was renumbered 1764 in 1891 and 2193 in 1901, and scrapped November 20, 1916.
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Three Southern Pacific steam locomotives posed in front of the roundhouse at the Sacramento Shops. These three 4-4-0 steam locomotives, Nos. 219, 220, and 221, were built at the Sacramento Shops. This image may date close to September 1887 when they were completed.
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Thomas Hill's large oil painting (157-1/4 x 85-1/4 in.) of "The Driving of the Last Spike" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum. It is an imagined recreation of the ceremony held May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad tracks were joined. Hill began the painting in 1877 at the request of Leland Stanford, who later refused to pay for the commission.
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Capital City Wheelmen Racing Team, 1903-1904 State Champions, Sacramento, CA, ca. 1904. Shown: Bill Hubert, Captain, standing, 2nd from left; Harley Noyes, standing, center; Harry Chas. Ventner, seated, far right; George Gorman, seated, far left.
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Side elevation of Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington." The drawing was first prepared November 11, 1936 by David L. Joslyn. This example is the second revision dated April 30, 1951. The "C. P. Huntington" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive 4-6-0 No. 1555 was outshopped in May of 1875 by the Schnectady Locomotive Works (construction number 982) and numbered CP No. 190. In 1891 it was renumbered 1555. In 1899 the locomotive was rebuilt and renumbered 1068. The locomotive was sold to Union Rock Company October 20, 1927. Here the crew poses with the locomotive, tender and a wood caboose. The caboose is one of a large group built by the Central Pacific Shops in the late 1870s using...
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Lettering and numbering details for Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington." This drawing was executed by David L. Joslyn on December 23, 1936. The "C.P. Huntington" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Miss Mexico, 1953; Anaberta Lepe, 3rd runner-up to Miss Universe, Long Beach, California. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Exterior side view of Southern Pacific of Mexico stock car 76701 photographed in Los Angeles. The car was built by the American Car & Foundry Company, outshopped in May of 1900. SPNM merged into SP in 1902. Stock cars were used for the transportation of livestock, equipped with a roof, slatted sides and side doors, single or double deck, and frequently with feed and water troughs.
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Picnic at Maricopa flats, Taft, California, ca. 1935. L-r: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Panusis, Fred and Charles Panusis, Margaret Gianopulos, Vasiliki Gianopulos, George and Pete Gianopulos Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Rumsey's Store delivery truck, ca. 1916 Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Truck with pneumatic tires custom-built for Fred Bixby by driver, Harry A. Halliday, Long Beach, California, ca. 1925. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Oregon and Eureka Railroad engine, Eureka, (?) California, ca. 1915. Far left, Brick Baker; far right: W. W. Pede, logging superintendent. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Esparto School, Esparto, CA, May 27. 1927
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Frank Hirahara at Japanese internment camp, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, ca. 1942 Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive second No. 19 on turntable in front of Sacarmento roundhouse, with crew. This locomotive was built in the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 27, 1884. It was designed by Andrew J. Stevens and served as a prototype design for subsequent production. Rebuilt in the 1890s, it was finally scrapped in February 1923 in Oregon.
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Exterior view of PFE refrigerator car No. 744 (built 1906-1907 by American Car and Foundry), Class R 30 1, part of PFE's first lot of refrigerator cars. This wood-sheathed, ice-cooled car was used in express passenger service. Shippers paid a premium to assure fast delivery on a regularly scheduled passenger train.
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California College of the Arts Libraries
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Description: Photograph by Robert Sommer. The Mudflats Sculptures were a series of large-scale driftwood installations created in the Emeryville mudflats from the 1960s through the 1980s. These works reflected a time of radical change in the Bay Area and provided a forum for community-driven public art in California. UC Davis Professor Robert Sommer photographed these works, providing a comprehensive visual documentation that spans decades. Call Number: 325 Digitized by California Revealed .
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CP No. 77, Confucius, was out-shopped April 1868, rebuilt in the late 1880s with an Andrew J. Stevens-designed boiler, renumbered to 1202 in 1891, and scrapped January 13, 1897 in Sacramento. Inscription on back of print reads: Running from Wadsworth to Winnemucca, Truckee Division, 1888.
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This map shows the route of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.
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AT&SF ink-on-linen drawing 2 17 C 601, dated November 6, 1908, with modifications to 1916, provides a side elevation, end view and lettering for a Class Rr H refrigerator car. Search for additional AT&SF drawings at the Library's online catalogs, available at www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org
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Exterior side and end view of a SP standard stock car (Class S 40 9), outshopped May 1924. Stock cars were used for the transportation of livestock, equipped with a roof, slatted sides and side doors, single or double deck, and frequently with feed and water troughs.
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Sid Schilling and William Schilling with 362-pound catch, Long Beach, California, ca. 1900. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Side view of a wood express refrigerator car.
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Hanging of Ah Ben, Marysville, CA, March 14, 1879. He murdered John McDaniel, owner of Marysville Race Track on Nov. 30, 1878. Sheriff Hank L. McCoy stands to Ah Ben's left, Deputy Ike N. Aldrich to his right.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Executions - Marysville, CA
Female employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad Sacramento Shops ride a float on July 4, 1918, in support of World War I soldiers.
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Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana
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Aerial Photos of Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, IN
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Central Pacific steam locomotive No. 237 on turntable at the Sacramento Shops. No. 237, El Gobernador, was built in Sacramento, completed in February 1883 and placed into service March of 1884. The locomotive was dismantled July 15, 1894. View is looking east. The northwest corner of the Car Shop is visible at rear right. The north wall of the Machine Shop is to right. The Roundhouse is at left.
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The No. 5004 was placed into service July 10, 1925 and scrapped February 18, 1953. It was a 3 cylinder 4-10-2 freight locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company.
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Facade of the Huntington, Hopkins & Company hardware store at 54 K Street. In 1855 Collis P. Huntington and Mark Hopkins had joined to form the Huntington & Hopkins Company, importers and dealers in hardware. It was in 1861 when four young ambitious men, later known as the Big Four, gathered on the second floor of this building to conceive a plan for the greatest railroading feat of the 19th century, construction of a link between the East Coast and the West, the Central Pacific...
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Southern Pacific locomotive 2067 (outshopped 1882; scrapped 1918)and fire train. To protect the extensive system of wood snowsheds over the Sierra, the SP developed a system for fire protection and control. Special fire trains, assigned to Sierra locations, were equipped with fire pumps to spray water on the conflagration. A lookout on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, known a Signal Peak or Red Mountain called the fire trains into action. Augmenting this arrangement were a series of...
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Southern Pacific Train Wreck, Marysville, CA, November 10, 1906
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Wai Lee and family at Thanksgiving, ca. 1970 Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Exterior view of PFE refrigerator car No. 81, Class R 30 1, built in 1906 and 1907 by the American Car and Foundry Company. This car is among the earliest PFE wood-sheathed ice-cooled refrigerator cars. These cars were painted dark olive for express service on passenger trains.
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Print is dated in ink, June 13, 1928. Mount is stamped "Hagginwood Studio."
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Central Pacific Railroad No. 4 "T. D. Judah" was built by Danforth, Cooke & Company and placed into service April 9, 1864. This locomotive may have been sold in 1889 to a company in British Columbia, and scrapped in 1912.
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A freight train at McConnels, near Elk Grove. The steam locomotive, possibly Central Pacific 135, heads up a mixed train with 4 freight cars and a caboose, used for passengers. The first car behind the locomotive is a box car to which ventilation has been added for the transport of livestock.
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Wells, Fargo & Company express car was built by American Car and Foundry (Lot 2289).
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Southern Pacific Railroad recipe booklet "Our Dining Car Recipes."
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington" on its way to San Francisco for display at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (February 20 - December 4, 1915) in San Francisco. The locomotive is secured to SP flat car No. 40971 (Class F-50-4) on board car float No. 1.
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Side view of a Western Pacific refrigerator car 50187, most likely photographed upon completion of the American Car & Foundry-built car in April 1923, by Kaufmann and Farry Company, commercial photographers. The car although owned by the WP, was operated as part of the PFE fleet.
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Group portrait of Western Pacific Railroad employee band. The photograph appears to have been taken in Capitol Park.
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Amelia Earhart, forced to land by engine problems and transported back to Los Angeles by Standard Oil Company, Taft, California, 1932 Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Loading ice into the top compartment of a refrigerator car. The reefer was basically an insulated box car with ice compartments, called bunkers, at both ends. Corner roof hatches permitted checking or replenishing the ice supply.
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Sabotage of train along what is now the Yolo Causeway, between Sacramento and Davis. The American Railway Union called for a national boycott of the use of Pullman sleeping cars June 27, 1894. Strikers took control of stations and railway yards in many California cities and greatly disrupted service. Federal troops were called up in early July to restore the flow of goods and mail. The strike ended July 20.
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Celebration for arrival of the first 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series. It was the first 4-10-2 locomotive built for the SP. View is looking east. Both ends of the Roundhouse are visible.
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This diminutive steam locomotive was built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke and Company of Paterson, New Jersey in 1863. Shipped from New York around Cape Horn, it arrived in San Francisco March 19, 1864. The C.P. Huntington (No. 3 of the Central Pacific Railroad) was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  In 1871 it was transferred to the newly organized Southern Pacific Railroad and renumbered No. 1. From 1894 on the C. P. Huntington became a symbol of...
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Celebration for arrival of a new 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series.
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Elkhorn Ferry, Yolo County, CA, 1947
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Karen Karasawa on her bicycle, East Whittier, CA, June, 1974
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 2371 was built at the Sacramento Shops (the first 4-6-0 of the new century), outshopped in November of 1917 and placed into service November 24, 1917. This locomotive was scrapped in 1954.
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Sarah Brattin's Millinery Shop, Winters, CA, ca. 1912. Shown: Sarah Brattin, her son William Brattin.
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Built by the Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company, this 4-6-0 steam locomotive was outshopped April 1868 and placed into service November 5, 1868. It was renumbered to 1543 in 1891, and scrapped May 1903.
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Poster advertising Southern Pacific Railroad's Netherlands Route. The artist is Randal William Borough. 3000 copies of this poster (SP No. A 58) were issued September 12, 1911.
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Joe Irwin and brother-in-law Mike Irwin, Long Beach, California, ca. 1951. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Passengers gather on the observation platform of Western Pacific's "Scenic Limited" passenger train, a partnership with the Denver and Rio Grande Western, Missouri Pacific and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads to provide service between Chicago or St. Louis to San Francisco.
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Central Pacific No. 48, built at the Sacramento Shops, was placed into service September 23, 1868 as a 4-6-0T locomotive. It was rebuilt as a 4-4-0, nearly a completely new locomotive, and placed into service April 23, 1883 with a tender. The locomotive was renumbered 1366 in 1891. It served as a prototype design for additional 4-4-0 locomotives built at the Sacramento Shops in the 1880s.
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Southern Pacific steam locomotives Nos. 1, C. P. Huntington, and No. 2839 posed in front of the north side of the Office Building. Bay 25, at the southwest corner of the Machine Shops, is to left. The Machine Shop bays were numbered north to south. The C. P. Huntington is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. Class C steam locomotive No. 2839 was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service on August 31, 1917. It was scrapped in Sacramento on December 19, 1952.
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Central City Public Library Yearbooks
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Central City High School (Central City, NE) yearbook, 1977.
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Folsom Prison warden, Clarence Larkin entering the first gate, Folsom, CA, ca. 1930. He was killed during a 1937 prison riot. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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End and side view of PFE ventilated refrigerator car No. 12, built in 1906 and rebuilt 1928.
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Skydivers posing on plane over Taft, California, ca. 1970. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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3,000 copies of Southern Pacific poster A 183 were issued September 23, 1930 to advertise connections to the Railway Express Agency services.
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Winthrop Guyan Meade and Lettie Meade at the Pike amusement part, Long Beach, California, ca. 1908. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Fox Theater reopening, Taft, California, May 1, 1951. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Vic Borrecco, Ed Bingham, Margo Brown (Miss Kern County), Glenn Black, Taft, California, 1956. Preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Side view of a tank car designed to carry grape products, such as wine.
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The shipment of live chickens in special hen house cars was once commonplace in America between 1890 and 1950. One such company to bring live domestic fowl to market was the Palace Poultry Car Company organized in 1924. Poultry car had wire mesh sides with the interior divided into a multi-level series of inidividual coops, each fitted with feed and water troughs. Some cars could hold over 4,000 birds and also a carman who fed his traveling companions en route.
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Amy, Hortencia, and Lila Montoya costumed for audition in movie Waikiki Wedding, 1938
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1536 was out-shopped in April of 1868 by McKay and Aldus as CP No. 68, Peoquop. It was rebuilt in December of 1891 with a new H. J. Small-designed standard boiler and other improvements. In 1901 it was renumbered 2001. The 4-6-0 locomotive was scrapped September 26, 1933 at the Brooklyn yards. This photograph was taken in Tracy.
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Automobile-related businesses, Sacramento, CA, September 4, 1935. Fred P. Fritz and William H. Bartlett shops were at 1615 J Street; Sadler Brothers Tire Company, in background, was at 911 16th Street.
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1, C.P. Huntington, inside the Machine Shop (later called the Erecting Shop).
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Fox Senator Theater, 912 K Street, Sacramento, CA, ca. 1953
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At Shipyard 3, Reliance Steel Co., Richmond, CA, 1941
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