List of Union Pacific railroad civil engineers (1863–1869)

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Andrew J. Russell photograph of some of the civil engineers who worked on the Union Pacific (1863-1869)
Sixteen men are standing in the photograph. The man standing on the left was one of several railroad contractors who built the road, General "Jack" Casement.

This is a partial list of Union Pacific railroad civil engineers who worked on the Union Pacific railway in its initial construction from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Promontory Summit, Utah from its groundbreaking on December 1, 1863, to its completion on May 10, 1869.

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  • Ainsworth, D.H., 1865-1866. (Engineer in charge of surveys, 1865; Div. Engineer)
  • Appleton, Francis Everett (1842-1877) [a][1][2]
  • Armstrong,H.N. 1868-1869 (Division engineer - Cheyenne to Wasatch)
  • Bates, Cpt Thomas H. (1833-1927) (Division Engineer - Salt Lake City, Utah) [b][3]
  • Bissell, Hezekiah (1835-1928)[4] (Civil Engineer - UPRR, 1864-1869) [c] Bissell was involved in the construction of the Dale Creek crossing and reportedly made the decision to use rope and chain to anchor the bridge from high winds.[5]
  • Blickensderfer, Jacob (1816-1899) [d][6][7]
  • Brown, Percy T. (d1867) and L. L. Hills (d1867)
In July 1867, Mr. Percy T. Brown, (assistant engineer) whose division extended from the North Platte to Green River, was running a line across the Laramie Plains. His party was camped on Rock Creek where they were attacked by the Sioux. Brown was out on the line with most of the party, but those in camp were able to hold the Indians off, but a small party out after wood, under a promising young fellow named Clark, a nephew of Thurlow Weed, of New York, was killed with one of his escort, and several of the escort were wounded. Brown, in reconnoitering the country, ... struck 300 Sioux Indians who were on the warpath. He had with him eight men of his escort. Brown died in the fight. [8]
  • Case, Francis M. 1865-1867. (Division Engineer - UPRR)
  • Casement, John S. (1829-1909) (Casement Brothers construction,1866-1869)
  • Dey, Peter A. (1825-1911) (Locating engineer; engineer in charge of preliminary survey-UPRR, 1863-1864.) [9] [10]
  • Dixon,Wiley B. 1864 (Engineering corp.)
  • Dillon, Sidney (1812-1892) [11]
  • Dodge,Grenville Mellen (1831-1916) (Chief engineer - UPRR, 1866-1870; director, 1869-1973; U.S. representative - Iowa, 1867-1869) [12] [13]
  • Edwards,Ogden 1864-1865.(Division engineer - UPRR)
  • Eicholtz, Col. Leonard H. (1827-1911) [14][15] 1868. (Bridge Engineer - UPRR)
  • Evans, James A (1864-1869) (Division engineer - UPRR) [16]
  • Ferguson, Arthur Northcote (1842-1906) 1865-1869. (Second assistant engineer- UPRR Eastern Division) [e][17]
  • Gray, E.F. 1869. (Civil engineer)
  • Harding, Henry, (Civil engineer - UPRR, 1865-1870)
  • Hayden, Ferdinand Vandiveer, 1868-1869. (Geologist, author - "Geology of UPRR Route")
  • Henry, John E. (Director - UPRR, 1863-1866; general superintendent and chief engineer - UPRR Eastern Division, 1864; general superintendent - N.E. road, 1864; chairman - committee on construction):
  • Hodge, James Thatcher, 1863. (Geologist)
  • Hodges, Fred S. (1865-1869 Engineering corp - rodman; assistant engineer):[18][19]
  • House, J. E. 1864-1868. (Division engineer) [20]
  • Hoxie, Herbert Melville (1830-1886) [21]
  • Hudnutt, Col. Joseph Opdyke (1824-1910) 1869 (Division Engineer) [22][23][24][25]
  • Hurd, Gen. Marshall Farnum (1823-1903) [26]
  • Kelly, J.H., 1865. (Engineering corp - chairman)
  • Maxwell,James Riddle (1836-1912) [f][27][28][29]
  • McCabe, J. F.[30]
  • Morris, Thomas Burnside (1842-1885) 1869. (Construction engineer) [31] [32]
  • O'Neill,John [33][34]
Poster for the film Union Pacific which was based upon Charles Sharman's manuscript
  • Rawlins,John Aaron (1831–1869)
  • Reed,Samuel B. (1818-1891) (Locating engineer - UPRR, 1864-1865; engineer of construction; superintendent of operations, 1866-1869)[35][36]
  • Rosewater, Andrew (b1848) [37]
  • Seymour,Col. Silas (1817-1890) [38] [39]
  • Sharman, Charles H. (1841-1938) [21] Sharman's journal of his working on the project provided the source material for Western fiction author Ernest Haycox to write a story called the "troubleshooter" in Collier's magazine in 1936. Thus, Sharman's manuscript written by a civil engineer became the basis for the movie, "Union Pacific", released in 1939.[21]
  • Sickels, Theophilus E., 1870. (Chief engineer and superintendent - UPRR, 1870)
  • Williams, Jesse Lynch, 1864-1868. (Civil engineer; government director, 1864-1869)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Birth: 1841 - Penobscot,Maine, United States-Death:Bangor,Maine-April 1877 Source; Parents: Moses Larke Appleton, Jane Sophia Hill. Appleton went to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and graduated Class of 1874; working in Lowell, Mass.
  2. ^ Captain Thomas H. Bates sued for nearly $40,000 for ties furnished and for money disbursed while he was employed as UPRR division engineer. See the account in the Deseret News, September 16, 1869. Bates Obituary in December 19, 1927, Odgen paper on page 2.
  3. ^ Bissell-Born at E. Windsor, Conn.(Feb 7, 1835) died June 23, 1928; Married Alice Hughes in 1875 in Elgin, Canada; 1880 thru 1910, lived in Salem, MA; Ph.B., Sheffield Scientific Sch. (Yale), 1861. Civil engr. on U.P.R.R. during constrn.,1864-9, dur on Puno & Cuzco R.R., Peru, S.A.,1872-4, C., C.,C.& St.L. Ry., 1875-8, Eastern R.R., 1878-88; chief engr., B.& M. R.R.,1888-1909, later consulting engr. Address: Alta Dena, Cal. Source:Marquis, A. Nelson., Leonard, J. W. Who's who in America. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who [etc.]. Volume 9, 1916-1917. See also Sharman article in Montanna history.
  4. ^ Member of ASCE, Chief engineer of Steubenville and Indiana railroad in Ohio. (The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio)
  5. ^ Arthur Northcote Ferguson, born October 4, 1842, in Albany, NY. His father was Fenner Ferguson, chief justice of Nebraska territory,1854. Three years subsequent to that date, Mr.Ferguson and his two brothers, A. G. and S. W. Ferguson, were engaged as civil engineers in the location and construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, continuing in that service from the commencement until the completion of the road, in 1869. Source:Savage, James Woodruff, John Thomas Bell, and Consul Willshire Butterfield. History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska. Munsell, 1894. Judge Ferguson died in Omaha, NE on October 26,1906.
  6. ^ James Riddle Maxwell, a resident of Newark, Delaware, and a civil engineer who worked for significant railroads in the American West and South America, was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 1836. He attended Hyatt's Military Academy at Chester and then studied at Delaware College and Polytechnic College in 1860. After he graduated in 1862, Maxwell moved to Newark, Delaware, where he began his career as a civil engineer. Employed first by the Pennsylvania Railroad, he later traveled to the western United States as chief of an exploration and survey party for the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific railroads. Maxwell preserved this experience in an unpublished manuscript titled "Incidents in an Engineer's Life in the Far West."(Special Collections-University of Delaware)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  2. ^ Klein, 2006. Appleton was Brown's assistant engineer.(117)
  3. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  4. ^ Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  5. ^ Wilcox, 2001 citing Hezekiah Bissell, "Reminiscenses," p. 76, ca. 1900, Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne
  6. ^ Johnson, A., & Graf, L. P. (1999). Papers of Andrew Johnson: 15. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Pr. 1868-1869, page 137. Accessed at [1]
  7. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  8. ^ Dodge (1910), pages 111-112 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  9. ^ "Guide to the Peter Anthony Dey Papers". The University of Iowa Libraries. The University of Iowa. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  10. ^ The Iowa Journal of History and Politics, 1911, Vol IX, No. 1, page 603, Accessed at [2]
  11. ^ Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Volume 22, page 706. Accessed at [3] This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  12. ^ Galloway (1950)
  13. ^ "PETER ANTHONY DEY". Leading Events in Johnson County, Iowa, History (1913); Volume: 2;. Western Historical Press. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  14. ^ Find-A-Grave site with Eicholtz data.
  15. ^ Eicholtz, Leonard H. Diaries 1852-1910. 1.35 cubic ft. (3 boxes) #238, University of Wyoming. [4]
  16. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  17. ^ Savage, James Woodruff, John Thomas Bell, and Consul Willshire Butterfield. History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska. Munsell, 1894. Accessed at [5]
  18. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  19. ^ Klein, 2006. p. 118 -Hodges was Evan's assistant.(117)
  20. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  21. ^ a b c Haycox Jr, Ernest. "'A very exclusive party'." Montana; The Magazine of Western History 51.1 (2001): 20. accessed at [6]
  22. ^ Leeson, Michael A. History of Montana. 1739-1885: A History of Its Discovery and Settlement, Social and Commercial Progress, Mines and Miners, Agriculture and Stock-growing, Churches, Schools and Societies, Indians and Indian Wars, Vigilantes, Courts of Justice, Newspaper Press, Navigation, Railroads and Statistics, with Histories of Counties, Cities, Villages and Mining Camps. Warner, Beers & Company, 1885. Accessed at [7]
  23. ^ "Joseph Opdyke Hudnutt". Find-A-grave. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Guide to the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection GEN MSS 1430". Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale University Library. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
    Hunutt picture is in Box 13, Folder 208, Hudnutt, Joseph Opdyke, 1824-1910, 1 mounted gelatin silver print
  25. ^ Eicher, John, and David Eicher. Civil War High Commands. Stanford University Press, 2002. page 308. Accessed at [8]
  26. ^ Congressional Series of United States Public Documents, Volume 5658, page 107 Accessed at [9] See also Dodge, 1871, page 107.
  27. ^ MSS 170, James Maxwell papers, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
  28. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  29. ^ Klein, 2006. Maxwell was chief of survey for Seymour.(120)
  30. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  31. ^ Jordan, John W. Colonial and revolutionary families of Pennsylvania. Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004. page 60. Accessed at [10]
  32. ^ Dodge (1910), page 96
  33. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  34. ^ Klein, 2006. O'Neill was assistant to Maxwell, chief of survey for Seymour.(120)
  35. ^ "Samuel B. Reed Papers (MS 409). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library". Yale University Library. Yale University Library. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  36. ^ "MS 414 - Samuel B. Reed Collection, 1826-2000". Buffalo Bill Center of the West. McCracken Research Library. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  37. ^ Engineering News and American Railway Journal, Volume 26, July 11, 1891, page 33 Accessed at [11] This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  38. ^ Galloway (1950), page 198.
  39. ^ Deibert, Jack E., and Brent H. Breithaupt. Tracks, Trails, and Thieves: FV Hayden's 1868 Survey. Vol. 521. Geological Society of America, 2016. See page 58 for a picture of Seymour and of Dillion. Accessed at [12]

Sources

  • Athearn, R. G. (1971). Union Pacific country. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Dodge, Grenville Mellen. How We Built the Union Pacific Railway: And Other Railway Papers and Addresses. Vol. 447. US Government Printing Office, 1910. List of civil engineers on page 37 of 1910 material. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • Galloway, John Debo. The First Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific, Union Pacific. Simmons-Boardman, 1950. Accessed at [13] This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • Heier, Jan Richard. "Building the Union Pacific Railroad: A study of mid-nineteenth-century railroad construction accounting and reporting practices." Accounting, Business & Financial History 19.3 (2009): 327-351. Accessed at [14]
  • Klein, Maury. Union Pacific: 1862-1893. Vol. 1. U of Minnesota Press, 2006.

Manuscript Collections

  • Casement Collection, 1795-1959. c. 2,000 items. Incl. a large group of letters written by John S. Casement about the Union Pacific. Kansas State U. Lib. and Dept. of Hist., Manhattan. 60-1211
  • Casement, John S. 158 items. Incl. correspondence, relating to the Union Pacific, 1866-69. Huntington Lib., San Marino.
  • Papers of Levi O. Leonard, Collection Dates: 1850 -- 1942, Special Collections Department, the University of Iowa Libraries, Accessed at [15]