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Eureka-Nevada Railway Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: NC02
The records of each company are treated as a separate group within the overall collection. The material consists of articles of association, minutes of meetings, correspondence, legal documents, financial accounts, operational records, maps, and printed material. Material from the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company is handwritten. Later material is typewritten and copied. Records of the Nevada Transportation Company are included in the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company group.

Dates

  • 1873-1945

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

6.5 Cubic Feet (16 boxes)

Abstract

The collection consists of the records of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company, 1873-1902; the Eureka and Palisade Railway Company, 1901-1911; and the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company, 1912-1945. Collection includes articles of association, minutes of meetings, correspondence, legal documents, financial accounts, operational records, maps, and printed material.

Administrative History

The Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company was formed in 1873 to serve the mines in the Eureka Mining District in central Nevada. The narrow gauge started at Palisade, Nevada and by 1875 had extended 87 miles south to Eureka. Individuals involved with the Bank of California, such as Isaac Requa, D. O. Mills, William Sharon, Thomas Bell, and Edgar Mills, associated themselves with the small railroad soon after its inception. The operation did well until about 1885 when mining in the district subsided. The Eureka-Palisade fell into bankruptcy and ceased as a company in June 1900.

On February 1, 1902, the railroad property was transferred to a newly formed Utah based company established in June 1901. The railroad was renamed the Eureka and Palisade Railway with Mark Requa, son of Isaac Requa, one of the leading trustees. A renewed mining boom in the Eureka district supported the railroad for a few years, but severe floods in 1910 damaged miles of Eureka and Palisade track and equipment. Once again, the company suffered financial setbacks and service was discontinued.

After a period of uncertainty, the railroad property was purchased by stockholder George Whittell in May 1911, and the railroad was running again. On successive days in May 1912, Whittell organized the Nevada Transportation Company in California and the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company in Utah. He then leased the railroad to the Nevada Transportation Company, with the exception of the Ruby Hill branch. The Nevada Transportation Company lasted until April 1917.

John E. Sexton, general manager, steered the Eureka-Nevada Railway through stormy years. After his death in 1927, his brother Charles B. Sexton assumed the title of general manager in charge of operations. The railroad ceased operations in September 1938.

Company names and the dates of operation:

Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company, 1873-1901 Eureka and Palisade Railway Company, 1901-1911 Eureka-Nevada Railway Company, 1912-1938

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company

  1. Series 1, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, and Correspondence
  2. Series 1, Subseries 2: Financial Accounts and Operations

Series 2: Eureka and Palisade Railway Company

  1. Series 2, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, Correspondence
  2. Series 2, Subseries 2: Financial Accounts

Series 3: Eureka-Nevada Railway Company

  1. Series 3, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, Reports, Maps, and Printed Material
  2. Series 3, Subseries 2: Correspondence
  3. Series 3, Subseries 3: Financial Accounts and Operations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 1964 by Charles B. Sexton, the last general manager of the company. Some of the documents are annotated in his hand.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Records of the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company
Status
completed
Author
Leonore Kosso
Date
1984
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)