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The American Libraries collection includes material contributed from across the United States. Institutions range from the Library of Congress to many local public libraries. As a whole, this collection of material brings holdings that cover many facets of American life and scholarship into the public domain. Significant portions of this collection have been generously sponsored by Microsoft, Yahoo!, The Sloan Foundation, and others.


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Description : This is a scanned copy of a glass plate negative with the text of a song sung by Chaffey College or Chaffey High School students, called "A Chaffey Song." The song was likely published in an early annual for either the college or the later high school. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (3.4 x 4 in.) Call Number : gpn_041 Files were created by Ontario City Library and preserved by the California Preservation Program .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Description : Translates to "with speed and courage" Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Description : L.A. in only 48 hours newspaper photo from Ledger Newspaper with Moseley, Lindberghs and Mary Pickford with "City of Angels" flight. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
by Glendale-News Press
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Description : About the film Bright Eyes from Glendale News Press. Source : 1 Page of 1: Clipping Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Description : Howard Hughes plywood plane is unveiled in Long Beach Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
by Northrup University
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Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
by Trans World Airlines
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Description : "Tin Goose" Ford tri-motor used by Trans-world Airlines. Sitting parked outside Grand Central Air Terminal. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description : Excerpt of an article from "Trails" by the California Alpine Club about Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, 1921. Attached photograph of a view of San Francisco Bay from the summit of Mt. Tamalpais, with the Double Bow-Knot in the foreground. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (10.5 x 7.6875 in.) Call Number : 2016.012.029 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of a full view view of the #2 Exciter Wheel, as in photos #67 and #68, showing it in its entirety, standing on edge. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0069 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of another view view of the #2 Exciter Wheel, as in photos #67 and #68 and #69. A full view of a wheel in place with each pair of scoop blades aligned in pairs, in its entirety, standing on edge. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0070 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of "#2 Exciter Wheel" (portion of) with other attached machinery. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0072 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of "#2 Exciter Wheel" with two ropes around it to hoist it. Interesting item is a red area (someone added later). Some of the blades appear to be damaged. Inscribed on the backside: Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0071 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of a huge wheel with scoop-type blades that are curved like petals. Identified as # 2 Exciter Wheel. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0067 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Butte County Library
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Description: Black and white photo of another view of the #2 Exciter Wheel. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0068 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
by Underwood, John W.
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Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
by Guerrero, Frank
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Description : 100 Block Castro St. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Call Number : phl l11 5 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
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Description : 1560 California. St. Mountain View, California. historical home Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8 x 11 cm.) Call Number : PHA H11 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
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Description : Home at 1610 California. St. Mountain View, California. historical home Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8 x 11 cm.) Call Number : PHA H11 Digitized by California Revealed .
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National City Public Library
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph (4.25 in. x 6.5 in.) Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
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Description : 1906 Earthquake Ames Building on Castro Street. Donated 1988 by Virgil Cooper, originally part of Georgia Rogers Swall Collection. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (16 x 21 cm.) Call Number : PHA B4 6 Digitized by California Revealed .
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National City Public Library
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Description : Clayton B.; Lowell B.; Forrest R.; Claude B.; Dave Stroll. Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph (3.5 in. x 5.5 in.) Digitized by California Revealed .
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National City Public Library
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Description : 1932 Photo of National City Post Office Employees. Post Office was then located next to the Masonic Temple on National at 9th. Later this site was occupied by McMain's Bakery. Additional Description: Neg in box #2 Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph (8 x 10 in.) Digitized by California Revealed .
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Fresno County Public Library
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Series Title : Shades of Fresno Collection Description : Wayne Meisner on left, 1954 Chevy Belair, cousin Frederick Christian with his 1949 Chevy Belair. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5.5 x 7 cm.) Call Number : 98-05-011 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Description : Built by Captain Thomas Slate event 100 miles per hour, was to carry 40 passengers. City of Glendale. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
by Guerrero, Frank
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Description : Castro Street. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
by Guerrero, Frank
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Description : Lane's Creamery. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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Mountain View Public Library
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Description : The area around Villa and View Streets had traditionally been Mountain View's Chinatown. Small Asian businesses such as Lung Yuen's general store (see PHL B19) and a few laundry establishments were centered in these blocks. On April 1, 1946, several of these buildings caught fire. The cause was never known, but it was suspected that a small stove exploded and started the eruption. Although these buildings had been condemned, over sixty people were evacuated as the fire spread....
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Mountain View Public Library
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Description : 2nd church and "new manse" from SJ Municipal Record April 1914. Mountain View, California. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph (9 x 15 cm.) Call Number : PHA C13 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Series Title : Shades of Fresno Collection Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph(5.5 x 7 cm.) Call Number : 99-03-005 Digitized by California Revealed .
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National City Public Library
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph (5 in. x 8 in.) Digitized by California Revealed .
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Series Title : Shades of Fresno Collection Description : 50th wedding anniversary of Eulalia and Jose DeLaRosa, with Father Finnian McGuin. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph(5.5 x 7 cm.) Call Number : 98-05-025 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Fresno County Public Library
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Series Title : Shades of Fresno Collection Description : Left to right: Sophie Darakjian, Eunice Chamichian, Arpine Hadidan and Asdghih Cholakia Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph(5.5 x 7 cm.) Call Number : 98-06-057 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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Description : A mother walks her child towards a 7-UP hot air balloon at the Glendale fashion center. Source : 1 Page of 1: Photograph Digitized by California Revealed .
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National City Public Library
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph (2 in. x 2.75 in.) Digitized by California Revealed .
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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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View looking west towards the old railroad bridge which would soon be replaced.
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Description : Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway passenger station at Stockton.  Photograph by Stockton "Logan" (15 South San Joaquin Street)
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View of a bridge under construction.
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End view of California Fish and Game Commission fish disbrituion car 01. Live fish were transported from hatcheries on board special cars to a new waterway.
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Exterior side view of California fish distribution car No. 01. Live fish were handled on board special cars that transported them from hatchery to a new waterway.
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Side view of a tank car designed to carry grape products, such as wine.
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The California Pacific Railroad Company built the first railroad bridge across the Sacramento River at Sacramento. The first train crossed on January 29, 1870. View is looking west from station across the Sacramento River.
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Exterior side view of CCT 50 foot electric car 201 built in 1906. The Central California Traction Company provided service between Sacramento and Stockton.
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Central Pacific Railroad business car No. 115 "Salt Lake" at the Sacramento Shops. This wood car was built as a Silver Palace sleeping car in 1869 and rebuilt in 1887 as a business car and lettered Central Pacific "Buenaventura." In 1912 the car was renamed "Salt Lake" and assigned to the Superintendent of the Salt Lake Division. It was renamed "San Joaquin" in 1929.
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CP steam locomotive No. 1 possibly taken along the banks of the Sacramento River. The Gov. Stanford is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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CP box car 36903 is an early ventilated fruit car built for the Central Pacific in the 1880s and modernized soon after the turn of the century. Air-flow cooled the contents of the car. Ventilated cars were later replaced by refrigerated cars. This photograph was taken at the Sacramento Shops.
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Central Pacific Railroad 30-ton, 36-foot long wood box car, No. 70211, Class CS 14A. The photograph is most likely taken at the Sacramento Shops, circa 1902, when the car was new. Class 14A exhibits certain improvements over Class CS 14, including the addition of a small lumber door on the end.
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Unloading lumber from Central Pacific box car 16218.
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View looking north towards railroad bridge across Sacramento River (completed December 1895). Railroad track was on the lower deck, and a road on the top deck. It was replaced in 1911 by the bridge which is still in use.
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View looking east towards the old railroad bridge, soon to be replaced by the bridge which is still in use today.
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Railroad bridge (built 1878) across the Sacramento River. View from the Yolo County side, is looking east, towards west side of the Central Pacific Railroad passenger station (completed 1879). This bridge was replaced in 1895.
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Conductor waves from rear platform of Central Pacific wood caboose No. 93. The back of the print is inscribed: Oneill near Brighton. CP 93 is a 32-foot long, wood, side-door caboose, completed October 30, 1889. This caboose was a standard type along the CP and the SP from the mid-1880s until 1897 when the design was slightly changed and adopted as Class CS 15. The car was re-lettered Southern Pacific February 19, 1924, in Sacramento. The railroad designated the caboose as worn out on April 6,...
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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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Central Pacific freight train at McConnells, near Elk Grove.
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Exterior view of the Central Pacific hospital in Sacramento built in the early 1870s for the exclusive use of railroad employees.
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View is looking west towards east end and north side of the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger station (completed 1879). The three-story brick SP hospital is at left. Tracks for the new station (dedicated 1926) are visible at left.
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View is looking west towards east end and north side of the Central Pacific Railroad passenger station (completed 1879). The 3-story brick Southern Pacific hospital is at left. Tracks for the new brick station (dedicated 1926) are visible at left.
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View is looking northeast towards west end and south side of Central Pacific Railroad passenger station. The station was completed in 1879. A passenger train, headed by Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1446, stands at the west end of the passenger station.
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View is looking northeast towards west end and south side of Central Pacific Railroad passenger station. The station was completed in 1879. Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1461 leads a passenger train out of the station.
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View is looking northeast towards the west end and south side of the Central Pacific Railroad passenger station. The station was completed in 1879.
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The Central Pacific Railroad passenger station was demolished subsequent to the dedication of the new brick station on February 27, 1926. This view shows the remnants of the 1879 station's barber shop.
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Central Pacific Railroad local passenger train (with baggage/express car 4) and a flat car on siding, at the Stockton station. Stamp on verso reads: From J. P. Spooner's Photograph Parlors, N.E. cor. Main and Centre Streets, Edd's Block, Stockton, Cal. Photographer is John Pitcher Spooner (1845-1917), active in Stockton from 1867, 1870-ca. 1900.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive 2617 was built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works, and placed into service in March of 1901.
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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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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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CP steam locomotive No. 2000 was a 4-8-0 built by the Schnectady Locomotive Works, as a 2-cylinder cross compound and placed into service in October of 1892. The locomotive was renumbered to 2847 in 1901, and scrapped in 1950.
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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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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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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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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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Freight train photographed at McConnells near Elk Grove. The consist includes four box cars and a long caboose. The second No. 135 was completed in 1873, part of the first group of locomotives built at the Sacramento Shops. It was scrapped in 1891. The photograph may date from the late 1870s to 1880s.
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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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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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