Great history of the Los Angeles & San Pedro Railroad and its founder Phineas Banning. A story laced with struggle and controversy leading up to completion in October 1869. It was purchased in 1874 by the Southern Pacific Railroad and two years later played an important role connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles and its harbor – trackage still in use today. Includes black & white photographs and maps.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S FIRST RAILROAD
The gold rush of 1848-50 brought many settlers to California, but even by the mid 1860s, while the transcontinental railroad was being built connecting the East and West, Los Angeles (still known as El Pueblo) was a shanty town interlaced by dusty or muddy thoroughfares depending on the weather. The journey down to the Wilmington marsh or the infant San Pedro harbor was a long and laborious trek over poorly graded paths aboard wagons or stages of little comfort. This would soon change with construction of the first railroad in this part of the state.
5.5"x8.5" color softcover