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William Keith, 1838 - 1911  Search this
Collis Potter Huntington, 22 Oct 1821 - 13 Aug 1900  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 34.9 x 27.1cm (13 3/4 x 10 11/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
c. 1900
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"Buckle on your armor for the fight, for the ground once lost is lost forever." It was this sentiment that guided financier Collis P. Huntington, one of the so-called "Big Four" who oversaw the construction of the western portion of the transcontinental railroad. Having joined the California Gold Rush in 1849, Huntington had limited success operating trading posts in and around Sacramento. Eventually partnering with Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, and Leland Stanford, he helped to incorporate the Central Pacific Railroad in 1861. After President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act the following year, the Central Pacific began to lay tracks eastward from California while the Union Pacific Railroad moved westward from midcontinent. Sensitive to this rivalry, Huntington pushed crews on the Central Pacific-including two thousand Chinese laborers-to complete as much track as possible. In 1869 the two lines met at Promontory Point, Utah, where a great celebration was held.
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Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
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Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Collis Potter Huntington: Male  Search this
Collis Potter Huntington: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Financier  Search this
Collis Potter Huntington: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Railroad  Search this
Collis Potter Huntington: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant\Hardware merchant  Search this
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