This collection consists of business records of the San Diego Gila Southern Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company from 1854
The San Diego Gila Southern Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company (SDGSPA) was founded in 1853 with the purpose of constructing
and operating a railroad from San Diego to the Atlantic Coast. The original plans call for the line to run through Mission
Gorge, Santee and Lakeside to Eagle Peak and then on through the Santa Ysabel Valley and Warner’s Ranch before joining another
line at Yuma, Arizona. Charles H. Poole surveyed the area for 200 miles of track, but miscalculated the grade which was eventually
found to be too steep to support a rail line. In 1869, SDGSPA agreed to merge with El Paso and Pacific Rail line if they would
assist in building the track in exchange for through privileges. In 1879, the Texas and Pacific Railroad acquired both companies
and all of the land before any track was laid.
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This collection is open for research.