Photographs

Welcome to the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project. The archive is under construction, and it will include photographs, texts, art, videos and other materials. Only a few samples are presented in this web site, but when the digital archive is completed we will provide access to the full archive for the public at that time.

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project website is subject to Stanford University’s standard Terms of Use (http://library.stanford.edu/about/terms-of-use). However, the Images and other materials housed in the database are  individually copyrighted, and are subject to use restrictions based on the requirements of copyright holders.  Please consult with the copyright holder for the individual item for permission to reuse.

The captions accompanying photographs are provided by the holding institutions and are reproduced here as part of the historical record. They may contain descriptors and terminology that are offensive to us today. Similar issues of offensive language may arise in historical texts and place names on this website.

New essays coming

Scholarship on historical and contemporary photographs of the Central Pacific Railroad sites is currently under review to be published digitally in these project pages. The first piece will be the…

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“Water Train, opposite Humboldt Lake”

View of water train in foreground. Chinese workers and railroad tracks are seen on right. Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library.

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“Track Repairers, Empire City, Nevada”

Carleton E. Watkins. Track Repairers, Empire City, Nev., n.d. Stereocard. Watkins New Series of Pacific Coast Views, #4077. Chas. B. Turrill Coll. The Society of California Pioneers.

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“Cement Ridge near Crystal Ridge”

Lawrence & Houseworth Albums. Cement Ridge near Crystal Lake, c. 1860-70. Gift of Florence V. Flinn.  The Society of California Pioneers.

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“Wood Train and Chinaman in Bloomer Cut”

Lawrence & Houseworth Albums. Wood Train and Chinaman in Bloomer Cut, c. 1860-70. Gift of Florence V. Flinn.  The Society of California Pioneers.

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“Chinamen going to work on the California and Oregon R.R.”

Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

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“Filling in Secret Town Tressle, C.P.P.R., Cal.”

View of railroad bridge and trestle, Secret Town, Chinese railroad workers in left foreground. Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

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“Chinese Camp, Brown’s Station”

View of Chinese camp at Brown’s Station. Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

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“East Portal of Summit Tunnel and Wagon Road of Tunnel No. 1”

View of railroad tunnel at summit under contruction. A horse team with wagons is seen on road to tunnel, and Chinese railroad workers are seen in the foreground. Courtesy…

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“Prospect Hill Cut”

Shows road being cut through the mountains. Chinese workers are standing among group of horse drawn wagons. Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California.

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“Cutting Granite at Rocklin”

Courtesy of Alfred A Hart Photograph Collection, Stanford University.

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“Prospect Hill Cut”

Courtesy of Alfred A.Hart Photograph Collection, Stanford University.

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Photograph titles and captions provided by holding institution.