AND PURCHASING AGENT
COLLIS POTTER HUNTINGTON left Sacramento in December, 1862, for the East to purchase the necessary materials and equipment for the Central Pacific Railroad. All materials for construction, except timber, must come from the Atlantic States via the Isthmus of Panama or Cape Horn to San Francisco Bay, there transferred to river boats or barges for ascending the Sacramento River; thence hauled over the Central Pacific Line as far as completed, and later when needed, carried in wagons beyond the end of the track. All iron must be of American manufacture.
The greater portion of the timber used was found in the Sierras where saw mills were located for the purpose; other timber came from the coast counties of California and from Oregon.
Upon his arival in New York, Mr. Huntington called upon several iron manufacturers and locomotive works, but received no encouragement. They considered the scheme too large and too doubtful and not worthy of business consideration. The bonds could not be sold, as no part of the line had been completed, and the Government had first lien on it whenever it was built. However, money must be raised some way.