Collis Potter Huntington - Vol. 1

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Chapter XXXIV
UNREMITTING TOIL
AND ANXIETY

THE FAILURE of the Central Pacific to complete the line to Echo Canyon as planned was a bitter disappointment to Mr. Huntington. That he attached great importance to reaching this point in order to compete with the Union Pacific for the trade in the Salt Lake Valley is shown by his letters to his associates during the race with the Union Pacific, urging greater haste in pushing the road forward. These letters disclose also much of the weariness and strain under which he labored. The following are extracts from some of those letters:

To Charles Crocker, January 26, 1868:

I consider it of the most vital importance that we build to the Wasatch Mountains for many reasons which I have given before. I would build the road in the cheapest possible manner then go back and improve it at once, because the Union Pacific have built the cheapest kind of road.

To Charles Crocker, April 15, 1868:

Keep right on laying rails just as though you did not care a d-- for the snow, but were bound to get to Weber Canyon before the Union Company, and if you do that I will forever pray that you will have your reward.

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