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Archaeology Field Survey Reports Contributed by BLM, Arcata, CA Field Office
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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...

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...

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...

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...

What Have We Here?: Discovery at the UTA District Depot Project in Salt Lake City, Utah (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Stephanie E. Lechert.

In July 2014, the construction of the Utah Transit Authority’s Depot District Service Center project in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, uncovered foundations and associated cultural materials from the historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad train maintenance facilities (42SL718). Initially, the foundations provided far more questions about how the rail facility evolved than they answered. Subsequent monitoring and archaeological data recovery uncovered several incarnations of the rail...