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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – March 26, 1913

Railroad construction crews cut through the hill just east of the Railroad Depot, 1913. From a P.J. Thompson photo postcard.

Rush Work on New Railroad
Susanville Soon to Have Direct Communication With Sister Communities
March 26, 1913

That this district soon will be served by the Southern Pacific is evidenced by the activity of railroad officials in this city in the last few days.

Recently A. W. Bowman, superintendent of the Utah Construction company, H. H. Riddels, a contractor for the railroad were here.

They were followed by H. Barroes, T. M. Bedolph and Fred Callahan, all Southern Pacific officials, who were making a tour of inspection of the route of the new road.

St. Patrick’s day was celebrated in immediate railroad circles by the crossing of the Western Pacific track is coming this way at the rate of three miles per day, so it can be readily be seen that Susanville will be on the railroad map in a very short time.

In spite of unforeseen difficulties, the construction crew is within a few days of its best guess and the croakers who said that the railroad would never get to Susanville have begun to modify their song and take comfort in predicting long and tedious delay.

At the present time over 60 miles or railroad has been constructed, out of a total of 106 miles.

The stretch from Amedee to Susanville is 36.8 miles, or practically 27 miles, but it presents more difficulties than the run into Amedee. However, these are not great enough to delay the arrival of the road to any great extent.

L.R. Wattis and W. A. Porter of the Utah Construction company were here yesterday and reported that two seam shovels are being shipped to Susanville and that they will be used on work up the Susan River canyon.

They stated that the shovels should be on the ground within a few days and will be placed at work immediately. It was also stated that a telegram had been received from headquarters in San Francisco to accept the lowest bid for the advance work and that the contractors will immediately get to work.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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