Peter Donahue (businessman)
|Known for||Co-founder of San Francisco and San Jose Railroad; built first railroad to go to Santa Rosa, California|
In 1849, Peter and his brothers (Michael and James) opened a blacksmith's shop at First and Mission Streets. Later, they expanded it into a foundry (which became known as the Union Iron Works) and added a gas works, the San Francisco Gas Company, a forerunner of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
In 1860, Donahue organized the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad, and in the 1870s he built a North Bay line from Donahue, California (at on Petaluma Creek) to Cazadero, California which eventually became the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Donahue built the first railroad to serve Santa Rosa, California.
- Dillon, Richard. "Those Amazing Donahue Boys". Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- Anderson (May 15, 2001). "The Mechanics Monument". Sandow Museum. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Donahue
- LeBaron, Gaye (September 30, 1990). "It was a long way to Gettysburg" (PDF). Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
- http://www.timeshutter.com/image/donahue-monument-san-francisco-california brief article on monument, with images]