Inventory of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection, 1876-1903

Processed by Dr. Blaine P. Lamb; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
California State Railroad Museum Library
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California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Collection, 1876-1903

Collection number: MS 13

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
Dr. Blaine P. Lamb
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

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).

Key to Arrangement

Folder 1

Letters, 1876-1903, mostly requests for payment, letters of transmittal of payments, and financial dealing of the line's superintendent Granville Davis Abbott.

Folder 2

Telegrams, 1902-1903, pertaining to the operation of the railroad and Granville Davis Abbot's stock market transactions.

Folder 3

Daily statements of accounts, 1902-1903

Folder 4

Invoices issued by the Eureka and Palisade Railway, circa 1903

Folder 5

Train collection forms, 1902

Folder 6

Invoices and receipts, circa 1903

Folder 7

Monthly statements of accounts, February and April 1903

Folder 8

Monthly reports of tickets sold, February and April 1903; way passenger fares, February and April 1903

Folder 9

Miscellaneous documents