The Builders of the Central Pacific Railroad
IN A HISTORY of the building of the Pacific Railroad, some mention must be made of the personalities of the men who originated and carried to completion a work that was the outstanding achievement of their time, notwithstanding the fact that the railroad itself is the most important element in the story. Interests will always center around the men who performed the work, and therefore we give here some account of their origin, their character, the incidents of their career, and the life they lived.
On the green lawn in front of the station building of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the city of Sacramento, the capital of California, stands one of the few monuments erected in America to the memory of an engineer. Fittingly, the monu-