SAN FRANCISCO RAILROAD
SEPTEMBER 20, 1859
ON APRIL 5, 1859, the California Legislature adopted a concurrent resolution calling for a railroad convention to promote the interest and secure the protection and security of the people of California, Oregon and Washington.
This convention opened September 20, 1859, in the Assembly Hall, at Kearny and Post Streets, San Francisco, and was attended by delegates from different sections of California, from Oregon, and from Washington Territory. The sessions were presided over by John Bidwell, and lasted several days. The discovery in July of the great Comstock lode east of the Sierras furnished another urgent reason for a railroad over the mountains.
After long and careful consideration, the convention recommended the following: (1) That the western terminus of the road should be at San Francisco, from that point to San José, thence to Stockton, and thence by the most practicable route across the Sierras; (2) that the states of California and Oregon should create a fund of $15,000,000 and $5,000,000 respectively to aid in the enterprise; (3) in favor of an amendment to the state constitution of California permitting the