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120 Miles of Track in 2 Months: Where Did They Get All That Timber? (2021)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Hora. Matt Bekker.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Transitioning from Commemoration to Analysis on the Transcontinental Railroad in Utah: Papers in Honor and Memory of Judge Michael Wei Kwan" , at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Dendroprovenance testing has been commonly used to determine the species, provenance and cutting dates of wood from historical structures. We examined 60 core and cross-sectional wood samples from trestles, culverts, and crossties at...

19th Century Chinese Railroad Worker Habitation Structures on the Central Pacific Railroad (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ann Polk. Michael Polk.

This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Following the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, there was an immediate need to provide maintenance crews along the line. The Central Pacific Railroad met this need, largely, through the employment of ethnic Chinese workers in Utah, Nevada and California, a pattern that continued for more than 20 years. These workers were provided with bunkhouses and, sometimes,...

Advances in Technology, Transportation, and Tourism: Archaeological Manifestations of the Late 19th-Century Emergence of Nathan Harrison as a Destination (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jamie Bastide. Seth Mallios.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "On the Centennial of his Passing: San Diego County Pioneer Nathan "Nate" Harrison and the Historical Archaeology of Legend" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Advances in transportation during Nathan Harrison’s lifetime significantly impacted his activities and strategies on Palomar Mountain. The second industrial revolution, the arrival of the railroad in San Diego, and the county’s expansion of the road that...

Applying Geophysical Survey for Research, Preservation, and Interpretation along the Transcontinental Railroad (2021)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Molly S Cannon. Ethan Ryan.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Transitioning from Commemoration to Analysis on the Transcontinental Railroad in Utah: Papers in Honor and Memory of Judge Michael Wei Kwan" , at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Geophysical survey techniques offer unique approaches to research, preservation, and interpretation, particularly when subsurface testing is limited or untenable. Historic archaeological excavations are severely limited in Utah, given...

Archaeology Field Survey Reports Contributed by BLM, Arcata, CA Field Office
PROJECT Uploaded by: Melinda Salisbury

This project includes Archaeology Field Survey Reports contributed by the Bureau of Land Management's, Arcata, California field office.This initial contribution will establish a regional digital archive project whose goal is to accumulate heritage documents, greatly enhancing our ability to preserve historic resources within the North Coast Region.

The archaeology of a Seattle city block from 1880s squatters, Great Northern Railroad workers, and the establishment of Pike Place Market. (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alicia Valentino.

An inconspicuous city block near today’s Pike Place Market held the remains of a 19th century shantytown, evicted in 1902 to prepare for the Great Northern Railroad tunnel beneath Seattle. Construction monitoring of a modern development yielded the remnants of middens and privies dating as early as the 1880s. Spared from the city’s major regrade projects, photographs, maps, and artifacts demonstrate that this parcel was once part of the dense carpet of "squatter’s cabins" covering the city’s...

The Archaeology of Irish Railroad Laborers in Mid-Nineteenth Century Virginia: Findings from the First Field Season (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Amanda B. Johnson. Stephen A. Brighton.

In 1850 the landscape 15 miles west of Charlottesville was dramatically altered as thousands of Irish immigrants were brought to the area to construct the Blue Ridge Railroad. The dangerous work consisted of several cuts and tunnels. One of the more difficult projects was the Blue Ridge or Afton tunnel. At its completion it stretched just under a mile and at the time was one of the longest tunnels in American history. During the summer of 2012, the excavations focused on standing dry-laid stone...

Archeological and Historical Resources Survey and Impact Assessment, A Supplemental Report for a Timber Harvesting Plan, Joe's Gulch THP, Humboldt County, California (BLM) (1994)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Carl A. Anderson.

An archaeological field survey report for a timber harvesting plan in Humboldt County, CA. The ruins of a historic lumber town as well as the remains of a railroad and a possible historic structure were identified as a result of this survey.

"The Awakening Came with the Railroad": The history and archaeology of Southern Oregon’s Chinese Railroad Workers (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Chelsea E. Rose.

On December 17, 1887, the final spike connecting the railroad between Oregon and California was driven in Ashland, Oregon.  Like earlier railroads, this track was largely constructed by Chinese workers.  However, due to experience and expertise, these men were able to demand better pay and working conditions than their earlier counterparts. Upon completion, the railroad continued to provide economic opportunities for Chinese residents in Southern Oregon. The Wah Chung Company supplied goods,...

Chinese Railroad Workers At Central Pacific Stations Ca. 1870s-1880s (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Polk.

The Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) was completed in May 1869. Much of the work on that railroad was carried out by more than 10,000 ethnic Chinese workers. After completion of the railroad many, if not most, of them either returned to China or left for work in the mining industry or construction on other railroads. However, a large number remained with the CPRR to work on railroad maintenance. Ethnic Chinese appear to have been a dominant labor force through the mid 1880s, perhaps longer, as...

Chinese Railroad Workers in Utah: Connecting Past to Present (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Chris Merritt.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Arming the Resistance: Recent Scholarship in Chinese Diaspora Archaeology" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. As a build up to the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's completion on May 10, 1869, the Utah Division of State History and the Bureau of Land Management partnered to highlight the unique archaeological landscapes of this construction effort, now located on public lands in northeastern...

Corkonians And Fardowners: Irish Activity And Identity In The Rural American South, 1850-1860 (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Amanda B Johnson.

During the 1850s, the Blue Ridge Mountain Railroad Company recruited 2,000 Irish immigrants to work an area 20 miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia, carving out tunnels and cuts for an emerging rail line. The grueling and dangerous work transformed the physical landscape and turned a transient immigrant population into a vibrant semi-settled community. This paper explores the identities of the two groups of Irish laborers involved with the construction of the Blue Ridge Railroad Tunnel, the...

Ethnic Chinese at Central Pacific Railroad Maintenance Camps (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Polk.

The Central Pacific Railroad was completed in May 1869 due, in large part, to the work of thousands of ethnic Chinese railroad workers. After the railroad was complete, it was necessary to upgrade the railroad and carry out maintenance on the far flung transportation network. Railroad documents, previous excavations of ethnic Chinese worker camps in Nevada and recently recorded camps near Promontory Summit, Utah, show that Chinese workers continued to be employed for decades after 1869. It is...

Examining Segregation between Chinese and Euroamerican Railroad Workers at the Townsite of Terrace Using Spatial Modeling (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kelly N Jimenez.

This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. By using spatial and statistical methods, this research aims to analyze patterns of social behavior at the historic townsite of Terrace, located in Box Elder County, Utah along the Central Pacific Railroad. The results of these analyses—a combination of field survey, cluster analyses, suitability modeling, and non-metric multidimensional scaling—are expected to answer several questions...

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Resources
PROJECT Uploaded by: Rachel Fernandez

Project metadata for resources within the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson cultural heritage resources collection. This project is used to fill metadata for all resources part of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson collection.

Laboring on the Edge: The Loma Prieta Mill and the Timber Industry in Nineteenth Century California (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Marco Meniketti.

From 1870 until 1920 the Loma Prieta timber mill ranked as one of California’s largest and most productive in terms of board-feet cut. Beginning operations a few years after the gold rush, workers were immigrants from many lands with aspirations for a better life than the one they left behind. The company clear-cut through ancient redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, providing timber for regional railroads, housing, and building of San Francisco. Following deforestation the region was...

The Little Town That Could: The Railroad in Sandpoint, Idaho 1880-1935 (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Bailey M. Cavender.

This paper investigates the history of Sandpoint, Idaho and the impact that the railroad had on it from the time surveyors for the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880 until 1935. Sandpoint was not only a stopping point for the Northern Pacific, but for the Great Northern Railway as well. The use of the railroad impacted the course of the United States in a major way. By allowing the easier and often safer transportation of goods and people across the county, the national economy was able...

Map of Fort Richardson - Rail Access Plan (2020)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

This document includes a map of Fort Richardson's rail access plan located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mind the Gap: Images Depicting The Short-Lived History Of the Larabee’s Point And Willow Point Rail Crossing In Southern Lake Champlain (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jeannine Russell.

This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. The connection between Larabee's Point in Shoreham, VT and Willow Point, NY was a short-lived but important southern connection across Lake Champlain during rail transportation in the late 19th and early 20th century. The history of this connection is wrought with enough challenges that some might wonder if it was cursed. More likely, the challenges were due to the harsh environment that...

Muscogee Wharf: Archaeological Investigation of an Enduring Pensacola Landmark. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jayne S Godfrey.

Built in the 1880s to load Alabama coal onto ships for export, Muscogee Wharf has functioned as an important landmark along the Pensacola waterfront through present day.  The wharf saw its fair share of damage from numerous hurricanes as well as various fires. The Louisville& Nashville Railroad (L&N) ceased operations in the 1950s due to significant fire damage.  Although the wharf functioned through the 1970s as a dock for barges and tugboats, the remaining structure was left to deteriorate;...

Old Wood: Testing of the Transcontinental Railroad's Woody Legacy (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Chris Merritt. Elizabeth Hora. Michael Sheehan.

This is an abstract from the "POSTER Session 3: Material Culture and Site Studies" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Renewed interest in the Transcontinental Railroad has resurfaced with the coming arrival of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the line on May 10, 2019. Partnering with the Bureau of Land Management's Salt Lake Field Office, the Utah Division of State History has coordinated new efforts investigating the story in and around...

Post-Construction Chinese Worker Housing on the Central Pacific Railroad: 1870-1900 (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Polk.

The construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the world, from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, was one fraught with difficulties, involving tens of thousands of workers. When it was completed in May 1869, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) portion of the line, between Ogden, Utah and Sacramento, California, retained many ethnic Chinese workers for operations and maintenance work. Housing for workers during construction was not consistent, however after construction the...

Railroads, America, and the Formative Period of Historical Archaeology: A Documentary and Photographic Investigation into the Historic Preservation Movement (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lauren Alston Bridges.

The twentieth century, the formative period of historical archaeology, is marked by an ideological shift from the fervent consumerism and industrialism of the nineteenth century, towards a growing institutional concern for the nation’s finite natural and historical resources. A focused case study of twentieth century railroad stations highlights various themes pertinent to the discussion of the role of historical archaeology in the Historic Preservation Movement, which focuses on preservation...

The Road to Wealth: How the EP & NE Railroad Changed New Mexico (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Rachel Feit.

The EP & NE rail system in New Mexico was built between1898 and 1903. This railroad system immediately became a critical economic force, opening an uninhabited frontier of deserts and mountain forests to exploitation. The EP & NE system also comprised an immense sociopolitical machine that controlled vast lands, timber and mineral resources, water rights, and towns. This talk discusses the historical context for the railroad, and its impact on the settlement of eastern New Mexico. Archeological...

Transcontinental Railroad as a Landscape not a Ribbon (2021)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher W Merritt. Michael S. Sheehan.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Transitioning from Commemoration to Analysis on the Transcontinental Railroad in Utah: Papers in Honor and Memory of Judge Michael Wei Kwan" , at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. When historians and archaeologists typically analyze a historic railroad, the frame of reference generally rests on the railroad line itself, and those few and scattered places where workers lived during construction and maintenance. A...