January 2015 Meeting

Thursday, January 15, 2015 -  7:00 PM;  JC McElveen presents From Sea to Shining Sea: The Pacific Railroad Surveys.  In the 1850s, just as the North and the South were about to split apart, a massive effort to link the East and the West by railroad got under way.  The goal of the Pacific Railroad Surveys of the early and mid-1850s was to determine the best route for a transcontinental railroad, and the geographic, geologic, ethnographic, meteorologic and other information collected during those efforts, and disseminated to the public, were invaluable in railroad construction and the post-Civil War settlement of the West.

45 members and guests attended.