Collis Potter Huntington - Vol. 1

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Chapter XXVI
PACIFIC RAILROAD PROGRESS
IN 1864

THE FIRST RAILS of the Central Pacific Railroad were laid October 26, 1863, and early in March 1864, the track had reached Brigham's quarries on the line twenty-two miles from Sacramento.

On Saturday, March 19, the first excursion on the Central Pacific Railroad was given in honor of the members of the State Legislature, then in session at the Capitol, and their friends. The guests enjoyed the outing, including a bountiful luncheon, and returned to Sacramento at dusk loud in their praises of the railroad.1

A few days later on March 25, the locomotive " Governor Stanford" arrived at Sacramento with three carloads of granite, about thirty tons, taken from Brigham's quarries, the first installment on a contract of one hundred tons which Brigham was to furnish to P. Cadus of San Francisco. This was the first paying freight to pass over the line.2

Daily passenger service was inaugurated on April 25, 1864, between Sacramento and Roseville, a distance of eighteen miles. There it connected with the California Central Railroad for transfer of passengers for Folsom or Lincoln. The first train left the foot of J Street at 6:15 A.M. with a number of passengers. From April 25 to April 30, two hundred

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