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On May 2, 1981, the California State Railroad Museum opened to the public, as did the Museum Library. The library has been an integral component of CSRM since the project's inception. It was clear to the founders of the Museum that a thoughtfully assembled collection of published, manuscript, and pictorial materials would not only enhance the museum's services but also support its conservation and education programs. With this goal in mind, as railroad equipment and artifacts were gathered for s...



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Southern Pacific Railroad gondola car 81424 transports two giant tomatoes. The postcard number is 2183. The same publisher, Edward H. Mithcell, published a similar series of gigantic fruit images for the fruit and vegetables of Washington state.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Food, 1910-1919
Print is dated in ink, June 13, 1928. Mount is stamped "Hagginwood Studio."
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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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1880-1889
View looking north. Southeast end of Roundhouse is to left. Planing Mill (situated east to west) is at rear. Powerhouse is at center. Concrete walls of Blacksmith Shop are at right. A jib crane is at center. The brick Blacksmith Shop was constructed in 1870. In 1927 the south portion of the Blacksmith Shop was widened and rebuilt. This view probably dates from 1939 when the north end was widened to align with the 1927 remodel and the walls were covered with concrete.
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Interior view of Machine Shop looking north. Boiler and truss work are on a dirt floor. In the Machine Shop metal objects were cut down to finished dimensions. The Shop contained many tools, including lathes, planers, mills, shapers, slotters, drill presses and grinders of various sizes and configurations. Some of the machine tools were immense because of the need to work on giant-sized components. Larger machines were powered through a line shaft system. A bank of six boilers and a Corliss...
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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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Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Colfax. This colonnade-style depot, completed circa 1906, is the second depot at Colfax.
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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. The board is stamped: Geo. D. Stewart photographer, 2501 O Street, Sacramento, Cal.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
View looking southeast. Car Paint Shop is to left running parallel to the transfer table. The Rolling Mill is at rear center situated east to west. The American Railway Union called for a national boycott of Pullman sleeping cars June 27, 1894. Strikers took control of stations and railway yards in many California cities and greatly distrupted service. Federal troops were called up in early July to restore the flow of goods and mail. The strike ended July 20.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
Cover of a Southern Pacific promotional pamphlet. This illustrated publication, one of several issued by SP to promote travel and settlement along its lines, covers the richness of the land and climate, as well as the varied communities throughout the Valley. This publication was authored by Andrew Jackson Wells.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
View looking east towards passenger boarding area. Train No. 16, bound for San Francisco, readies for departure. This image may be dated soon after the 1926 opening of the brick station visible at right.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
View looking west across the Sacramento River, showing construction of new bridge.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Structures, 1910-1919
View looking east towards the old railroad bridge, soon to be replaced by the bridge which is still in use today.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Structures, 1910-1919
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Apprentices and instructors, Locomotive Department, Sacramento Shops. Photograph is dated April 1915.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
End and side view of PFE ventilated refrigerator car No. 12, built in 1906 and rebuilt 1928.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
Southern Pacific Railroad freight car 49264 transports a load of giant California peaches. The postcard was made in Germany.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Food, 1900-1909
Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images of two railroad excursions. The first portion of the film is a Southern Pacific rail-fan excursion on Mar 13, 1949 from Oakland to Pacific Grove / Asilomar by way of Niles and Milpitas. It was organized by the California National Railway Historical Society. Scenes include the brand-new California Zephyr equipment at the Oakland Mole prior to its inaugural run in only seven days,...
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Note : Due to original recording: High Amount of Hiss on Tape An interview with Dino Zarlengo, who was a steward for the Santa Fe Railway. In 1950, he began his career as a waiter in Chicago in an upscale restaurant. After an encounter with Fred Harvey, he was asked to work for Santa Fe. Zarlengo worked on the Grand Canyon Limited, the El Capitan, and the Super Chief. He recounts famous people who rode his train: Doris Day, Lily Tomlin, Bert Lancaster, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Johnny...
Topics: californiarevealed, Restaurants, Railroads--Employees, Grand Canyon Village Historic District...
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Description : Amateur footage of Southern Pacific passenger trains, "Coast Daylight," Southern Pacific ferry between San Francisco and Oakland. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm (Kodachrome camera original) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 200/34 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,...
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Topics: californialightandsound, Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Railroad travel--California, home movie
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1930-1939
The Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway, a standard gauge electric line, was incorporated March 28, 1911. It opened for traffic to Sacramento on September 3, 1913. The OA&E was sold to the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad Company on January 26, 1920.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Exterior view, looking east down Fifth Street, of Southern Pacific Railroad freight station at Chico. Southern Pacific photograph P 310.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
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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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images of the California Western tourist train in Willits, California and scenes taken from a bus on the highway. Written on container: Fort Bragg to Williets; July 10, 1965; Carl Wacker / Guido; 8mm; WSF 50/20 For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
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Documents the construction and operation of the Southern Pacific and other railroads in California and Nevada.
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Source: Scrapbook: 202 Pages of 202 (14 x 12 in.)
Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains two moving pictures pertaining to railroad excursions. The first film is an excursion trip circa 1950s on a Western Pacific RDC (Budd Car) from Oakland to San Jose and return. Shots include the California Zephyr pulling out of Oakland, the Oakland and Niles depots, the San Jose engine terminal, and a Southern Pacific Ferry Boat crossing the bay towards Oakland. The second film dated April 22,...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Trains, Excursions
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Lunch wagon outside Central Pacific Railroad passenger station (completed 1879).
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Structures, 1870-1879
Although the precise date and location of this image is not known, it is no doubt furnished and staffed as was typical of the late nineteenth century. A poster on the rear wall refers to SP's Sunset Limited offering service between San Francisco and New Orleans.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
Note : Due to original recording: faded color in portions The first portion of the film contains images of drawings from a calendar (1949) featuring scenes of Forty Niners during the California Gold Rush. These images rotate like a slide show approximately every 10 seconds. The second portion of the film includes moving pictures of snow scenes near Truckee and Lake Tahoe (Nov. 12, 1949), including people playing in the snow, people shoveling snow, and exterior images of buildings such as the...
Topics: californiarevealed, Gold mines and mining, Saint Patrick's Day, South Lake Tahoe (Calif.)
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
View is looking southwest. Car Shop 3 is to right, running parallel to transfer table, with Pattern Shop adjacent. 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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
Tickets dated August 19, 1869 for upper and lower berths on board a Central Pacific coach.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1860-1869
Map from Ormando Willis Gray, Gray's Atlas of the United States, published in the Philadelphia by Stedman, Brown & Lyon in 1874.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1870-1879
Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 244 (outshopped May 1887) at Bay 18 of the west side of the Machine Shop. The 3-story building housed the railroad's offices. This image dates between 1887 (locomotive construction date) and 1892 when the Office Building was extended.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1880-1889
East side of Western Pacific's Sacramento one-story Mission Revival-style station completed in October of 1909. It opened for freight service on December 9, 1909, and passenger service August 22, 1910 when the first passenger train passed through Sacramento en route to Oakland. The building faces J Street between 19th Street and the Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Western Pacific) tracks and is now the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant. Willis Polk designed the bulding.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Exterior view of Southern Pacific passenger station at Placerville.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad two story combination passenger station standard No. 22 at Walnut Grove. Station was completed in 1912. Photograph is dated September 1941.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Exterior view of Southern Pacific steel passenger coach No. 1806, most likely photographed at the Sacramento Shops soon after the car's completion in July 1906. Read more about this car by searching Sacramento History Online for the March 1921 issue of the Southern Pacific Bulletin.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
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Blue line on white paper drawing of a Farm Crossing Gate (Southern Pacific drawing number MW 541). Search the California State Railroad Museum's extensive collection of technical drawings at the Museum's website, www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
View is looking east across Sacramento River towards the Central Pacific Railroad passenger station (completed in 1879). McKeen motor cars are visible in shed to right rear. Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1, C. P. Huntington, is on display in grassy area to right of palm trees. This locomotive is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. City streetcars ended their runs at right, allowing for convenient connections.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1860-1869
View of a bridge under construction.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Structures, 1890-1899
Description : Amateur footage from the Hugh G. Martin Collection Call Number : WSF 200/31 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research....
Topics: californialightandsound, home movie
During World War I women volunteered for non-traditional jobs in support of the war effort. Here a group of women, and a few men, stand before a pile of scrap metal in the SP yards.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
View along First Street, looking north towards I Street bridge (completed 1911). Team track is visible in the middle where a pillar crane is mounted.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Cover and article ("The Romance of the Sacramento Division" - p. [3]-5, 22) from the August 1920 issue of the Southern Pacific Bulletin. History of the Southern Pacific's pioneer division, the Sacramento Division, from the 1850s to 1920.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains two films pertaining to railroad excursions. The first film is a Northern California Railroad Club fan-trip excursion called the "Weekend in the Shasta Wonderland and McCloud River R.R." run on May 9, 1953 from McCloud to Pondosa. Scenes include the town of McCloud, sawmills, logging trains, and the McCloud RR roundhouse. The second film is a trip by train from San Francisco to...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Parades, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Burnt frames visible. Contains two films pertaining to railroad excursion trips. The first is a trip on a regularly scheduled Virginia & Truckee mixed-train pulled by Engine No. 27, from Reno to Minden on May 30, 1950. Shots include loading mail and express in Reno, the Carson City depot, and switching freight cars in Minden. The second is a Railway & Locomotive Historical Society fan-trip...
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Debrus on camera lens visible. Burnt and stained frames are visible. Contains moving images of a Big Trees Excursion Train, dated July 23, 1950. It begins at the San Francisco Third and Townsend Street depot, with images of activity around the depot. It then shows Southern Pacific steam locomotive no. 4402 backing onto the train. The film features several scenes of passengers boarding along the San...
Topics: californiarevealed, Trains, Excursions, Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Western Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 40 (built in 1909) pulls train bearing banner "Largest train load of wines in history being shipped to Eastern Wine Corporation, New York, by Woodbridge Vineyard Association, Lodi." Photograph is by Frederick Burkett and numbered 10236D.
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Huntington partnered with Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins to form the Central Pacific Railroad Company on June 27, 1861. The "Big Four" made the dream of a trans-Sierra Nevada railroad a reality with the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontry Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, People
Southern Pacific drawing number 13298 / Book 662 titled "Anatomy of a Freight Car" is an ink- on-linen drawing of the principal components of a freight car. The drawing is dated December 15, 1918. Search for more descriptions of Southern Pacific mechanical, engineering and architectural drawings using the Library's online catalogs available at the Library & Collections portion of the California State Railroad Museum website, www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
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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Side view of a tank car designed to carry grape products, such as wine.
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Pamphlet covering everything you ever wanted to know about raising chickens in California.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Animals, 1910-1919
Description : Documentary footage of the recovery of Southern Pacific SD-9 diesel locomotive No. 4310, one of four locomotives marooned at Eureka following the Island Mountain Tunnel fire. The footage documents the 1979 movement of the detrucked diesel by Bigge Drayage from Alderpoint to Dos Rios, where it was put back onto NWP/SP rails. This is a bit of odd California railroad history, more recent history at that. The Island Mountain tunnel was the longest tunnel on the Northwestern Pacific...
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1, C.P. Huntington, inside the Machine Shop (later called the Erecting Shop).
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
A portrait of Sadia Gorham, female station agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad station at Brighton. This station was built to replace a depot that burned down on December 28, 1892. The station is a Southern Pacific two-story combination depot, standard plan No. 26.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
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.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Employees at an unidentified station that offered not only American Express but also Western Union Telegraph services.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Group portrait of Central Pacific Railroad Car Department employees posed with a Barney & Smith-built sleeper.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1870-1879
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Front and back of stereograph. Back reads "Scenes in the Valley of the Sacramento for the stereoscope and album. Alfred A. Hart, Artist, 135 J Street, Sacramento."
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Cover and selected pages from Southern Pacific's 14-page apple recipe booklet issued November 1, 1927. In addition to recipes, the railroad extols its efforts to serve Western products for Western consumption on board its dining cars.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Food, 1920-1929
Ink-on-linen drawings of the Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Roseville. Views are rear elevation and foundaiton plan (SP drawing MWD 156 / 1 and the end elevations, section and roof plan (SP drawing MWD 156 / 3).
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Buildings, 1900-1909
Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Folsom. This building is a SP standard two-story combination depot No. 22 built between 1899 and 1910.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Contains moving images of a vacation through Oregon and Washington, which originated in California. The film begins with images of the ocean and people walking through town to a greyhound bus station. After showing signs for “Lane’s Redwood Flats” the camera cuts to seemingly random pictures before coming back to various shots of the exterior of the “Oregon Cave Chateau” as well as wildlife (chipmunk, deer, etc.) in the...
Topics: californiarevealed, Travel
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images of an excursion from Sacramento to Isleton. The film starts out at the Southern Pacific Sacramento station and shows the C.P. Huntington on display in front of the depot. The excursion train is shown being readied for the trip, pulled by Southern Pacific locomotive no. 1660. Leaving the Sacramento station, the connecting track is shown for the Walnut Grove Branch. Scenes include...
Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Note : Due to original recording: burnt frames visible in part 2. Contains moving images of a "Gordon Baker Lloyd's Garden Workshop Tour" on a chartered Greyhound bus with brief shots of the Keddie Resort Lodge, Plumas Eureka Stamp Mill, Manzanita Lake Lodge, Burney Falls, and Crater Lake. Written on box: Mt. Lassen to Jackson; 1. Manzanita Lodge to Budge Cliffside Lodge(?); 2. Manzanita Lodge to Reno; De Sep. 1968; 8mm; WSF 50/36; 50/37 For additional information see California...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Recreation, United States. National Park Service. Parks, Excursions
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Note : Due to original recording: color fading is visible Contains moving images taken at Knott's Berry Farm and San Francisco, California. The first portion of the film features scenes from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. Most of the film takes place in Ghost Town, featuring a general store, an arcade, Calico Saloon, Bird Cage Theatre, Town Hall, a livery stable, and a blacksmith shop. There are various images of visitors riding trains and stagecoaches, along with staged robberies and...
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Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Folsom. This building is a SP standard two-story combination depot No. 22 built between 1899 and 1910.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
The silent film starts after a thirty-seven second delay with a woman and her dog walking down a trail through the mountains. The camera pans to show the snow covered mountains. The scene transitions to someone driving across the snowy roads in the mountains before again changing to three children and a woman working in a backyard garden. As they are shown shoveling dirt, the camera pans over to a cat lying beneath a bush. The scene suddenly changes to the Children's Pool in La Jolla,...
Topics: californiarevealed, Children, Beaches
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Contains moving images of Camp Mather in San Francisco and the Stern Grove Photography Day. The first portion includes various scenes at Camp Mather, including automobiles pulling into the campground, people walking, cabins, horses, lakeside views, and the natural surroundings. The second portion includes scenes taken at the Stern Grove Photography Day, and includes people visiting booths and presentations on ceramics, photography, and acrobatics. Written on container/film reel: WSF 200/86;...
Topics: californiarevealed, Travel, Horses, Photography
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1