Southern Pacific in California

The Southern Pacific Railroad is California's railroad.  As the Central Pacific, it bored and blasted its way east from Sacramento, across the towering High Sierra, meeting with the Union Pacific at Promontory, Utah, completing the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, and profoundly changing the growing United States.  By the early 20th century, the Southern Pacific was a rail colossus, stretching from San Francisco Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the story of the Southern Pacific in California as seen through the lenses of company photographers and the memoirs of employees, whose livelihood was the railroad.

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