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Swatara Railroad Papers, 1805-1894

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Author:
Swatara Railroad Company
Donaldson, William
Swatara and Good Spring Railroad
Collector:
Agriculture, Divison of (NMAH)
Subject:
Good Spring Railroad
Physical description:
1.0 cu. ft.: 3 boxes
Type:
Receipts
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Financial statements
Place:
Pennsylvania
Date:
1805
1805-1894
19th century
Notes:
The Swatara and Good Spring Railroad was incorporated in 1831 with Judge William Donaldson as president. Renamed the Swatara Railroad in 1841, it was one of several lines connecting the First Pennsylvania anthracite coal field via waterways to the East Coast. Until 1848 it was powered by horses and was extended and rebuilt periodically. In 1863, Donaldson sold his interest in the Swatara to the Philadelphia & Reading Co., which renamed it the Good Spring Railroad.
Summary:
Documents relating to the business of the Swatara Railroad Company of Danville, Pennsylvania and particularly of its president, "Judge" William Donaldson. Includes receipts, bills, contracts, operating statistics, financial statements and correspondence, filed chronologically by year.
Cite as:
Swatara Railroad Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Railroads
Coal mines and mining
Anthracite coal industry
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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