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Inventory of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection, 1876-1903
MS 13  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Collection Description
  • Historical Background

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1903
    Collection number: MS 13
    Creator: Eureka and Palisade Railroad
    Extent: 1 document box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of Guy L. Dunscomb

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection, MS 13, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists largely of letters, forms, and invoices, pertaining to the everyday operation of the Eureka and Palisade.

    Historical Background

    The Eureka and Palisade Railroad was organized in 1873 to provide transportation between the Nevada mining camp of Eureka and the Central Pacific Railroad at Palisade. The following year, a group of California and Nevada financiers, including Isaac Requa, William Sharon, and Darius Ogden Mills, took control of the company from the local promoters. The narrow gauge line was completed the following year.
    When mining operations at Eureka declined after 1885, service on the road also diminished. In 1900 the Eureka and Palisade entered receivership, and the following year the Eureka and Palisade Railway was formed.
    This new firm, headed by Isaac Requa's son Mark, along with I. W. Hellman and J. H. Moulton, took control of the property in 1902. The company entered receivership again in 1910, and in 1912 it became the Eureka-Nevada Railway, which in turn was operated by the Nevada Transportation Company. The line was finally abandoned in 1938.
    Additional information regarding the Eureka and Palisade can be found in Gilbert H. Kneiss Bonanza Railroads (1941) and David F. Myrick Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California, Volume One: The Northern Roads (1992).