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Western Pacific Railroad Crew
Plumas County Museum
Date Created and/or Issued
ca. 1892
Publication Information
Meriam Library. California State University, Chico
Contributing Institution
California State University, Chico
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection
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Portrait of Arthur Walter Keddie (left), surveyor named Lorraine (right) and other three unidentified of Western Pacific Railroad. "A significant event in the life of Eva Eyraud was the construction of the Western Pacific Railroad through the Feather River Canyon. In 1905, the Utah Construction Company received a contract to build the railroad between Oroville and Salt Lake City, Utah. No roads existed in the area at this time, and it was necessarry to establish small camps supplied by pack mules. A wagon road was later built over which construction supplies and equipment were hauled over the steep grades. Remanentsof this road are still evident above Indian Hill. Men living in the area had long visioned a railroad through the Feather River Canyon. The man most dedicated to this idea was Arthur Walter Keddie. Keddie was a Plumas County Pioneer whose surveys in the County did much to develp the roads throughout the area. His early work was utilized to a considerable extent by the engineers developing the new railroad. Mr. Keddie was born in Scotland in 1842. He came to California from Canada, by way of Panama in 1863, arriving in Plumas County in 1864. His home was in Quincy, where he resided until his death 1933."
Western Pacific Railroad Crew
120 x 165 mm
Western Pacific Railroad Company
Portrait photographs
Portrait photographs--19th century
original not owned
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection

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