Overview

Title: Eureka-Nevada Railway Company Records
Creator(s): Eureka-Nevada Railway Company.
Collection Number: NC02
Dates (inclusive): 1873-1945
Physical Extent: 6.5 cubic feet (16 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Eureka-Nevada Railway Company records, NC02. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/NC02-ead.xml

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

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Scope and Content

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.

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.

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.

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Arrangement

Series 1: Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company

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

Series 2: Eureka and Palisade Railway Company

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

Series 3: Eureka-Nevada Railway Company

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

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Leonore Kosso, 1984. Finding aid prepared by Leonore Kosso, 1984. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, January 2011. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 25, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company, 1873-1902 (5 folders, 2 volumes)

Series 1 contains information on the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company. It is organized into two subseries. Series 1, Subseries 1 contains the company papers, deeds, contracts, and correspondence. Series 1, Subseries 2 includes financial information and operations.

Series 1, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, and Correspondence, 1873-1902 (2 folders, 2 volumes)

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13/S1/SS1
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Record book, 1873-1902

Book contains Articles of Association, subscribers of company, and Board of Directors meetings minutes. Handwritten. [Volume]

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1/S1/SS1
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Deeds and contracts, 1878-1902
1/S1/SS1
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Correspondence, 1879; 1894
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4/S1/SS1
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Correspondence: Letterpress book, 1888 February-1892 February

Series 1, Subseries 2: Financial Accounts and Operations, 1878-1902 (3 folders, 2 volumes)

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1/S1/SS2
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Financial accounts, 1878-1902
1/S1/SS2
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Earnings and operating expenses, 1885-1902
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4/S1/SS2
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Cash book, 1901-1902
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6/S1/SS2
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Stage line operations book, 1888-1889
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1/S1/SS2
5
Timetables, 1878-1901

Series 2: Eureka and Palisade Railway, 1901-1916 (3 folders, 2 volumes)

Series 2 contains information on the Eureka and Palisade Railway. It is divided into two subseries. Series 2, Subseries 1 contains the company papers, deeds, contracts and correspondence from the company. Series 2, Subseries 2 contains the financial information of the company.

Series 2, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, and Correspondence, 1901-1912 (2 folders, 2 volumes)

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5/S2/SS1
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Record book, 1901-1911

Includes Articles of Incorporation, and Board of Directors meetings minutes. Handwritten and typewritten. [Volume]

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1/S2/SS1
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Minutes of meetings, 1901
1/S2/SS1
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Deeds and contracts, 1903-1912
1/S2/SS1
4
Correspondence, 1909-1912

Series 2, Subseries 2: Financial Accounts, 1901-1916 (1 folder, 2 volumes)

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1/S2/SS2
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Financial statements and accounts, 1901-1912
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16/S2/SS2
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Cash book, 1902 February-1916 March
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15/S2/SS2
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Voucher book, 1902 February-1916 March

Series 3: Eureka-Nevada Railway Company, 1912-1944

Series 3 contains the records of the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company. It is divided into three subseries. Series 3, Subseries 1 contains the company papers, deeds, contracts, reports, maps, and printed material of the company. Series 3, Subseries 2 contains the correspondence of the company. The correspondence itself is organized chronologically and contains information regarding the running of the company, bills, reports, etc. Series 3, Subseries 3 contains financial accounts and records of operation.

Series 3, Subseries 1: Company Papers, Deeds and Contracts, Reports, Maps, and Printed Material, 1907-1937 (7 folders, 1 volume, 7 maps)

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Meetings and resolutions, 1925-1937
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Deeds and leases, 1912-1926
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Lawsuit material, R. R. Administration vs. J. E. Sexton, Eureka-Nevada Railway, Eureka-Nevada Railway, [Volume], 1919-1924
1/S3/SS1
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Interstate Commerce Commission report, 1920
1/S3/SS1
5
Report on Eureka Mining District by F. Lynwood Garrison, 1922
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2/S3/SS1
6
Railroad retirement board
2/S3/SS1
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Sexton Insurance policies, 1936
2/S3/SS1
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Printed material
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Maps and plans: "C. P. Reconstruction 'S' Line at Palisade. Map Showing Land Under Purchase from G. D. Abbott at Palisade, Nevada." A. J. Barclay, Ass't. Engineer, 1907 June 4
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Maps and plans: "Eureka, Nevada Proposed Auxiliary Station." Standard Oil Company, circa 1925
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Maps and plans: "Map of Palisade, Eureka County, Nevada." W. C. Condon, Surveyor. Two copies; one with annotation in red pencil., 1908 December
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Maps and plans: "Foundation Plan, Truscon Steel Building, Engine House. Palisade, Nevada", undated
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Maps and plans: "W. P. Ry. Co. Sketch Showing Right of Way Acquired From the Eureka & Palisade Railway Co.", 1907 May 22
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Maps and plans: "Map of Springs Used by Eureka-Nevada Railroad. Eureka, Eureka County, Nevada." Surveyed by W. H. Settlemeyer, 1923 May 26
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Maps and plans: "Map of Tyrone Spring Used by Eureka Nevada Railroad. Palisade, Eureka County, Nevada." Surveyed by W. H. Settlemeyer, 1923 May 22

Series 3, Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1913-1952 (14 folders)

Series 3, Subseries 2 contains correspondence of the Eureka-Nevada Railway Company from 1913-1952. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order, the heaviest years being 1933, 1934, and 1938. Enclosures such as financial reports, annual reports and bills have been left intact with the accompanying correspondence. A separate file of "narrow gauge papers" has been retained. Correspondence in this file relates to disbursement of Eureka-Nevada Railway Company property and equipment.

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Correspondence, 1913-1932
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Correspondence, 1933 January-June
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Correspondence, 1933 July-December
2/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1934 January-May
2/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1934 June-December
2/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1935-1936
2/S3/SS2
7
Correspondence, 1937
2/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1938 January-March
2/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1938 April-August
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Correspondence, 1938 September
3/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1938 October-December
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Correspondence, 1939
3/S3/SS2
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Correspondence, 1940-1952
3/S3/SS2
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Correspondence regarding narrow gauge papers, 1939-1944

Series 3, Subseries 3: Financial Accounts and Operations, 1912-1939 (4 folders, 19 volumes)

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Time book, 1925-1927
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3/S3/SS3
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Payroll, 1930
3/S3/SS3
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Time rolls, 1937
3/S3/SS3
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I. C. C. Finance dockets, 1925-1938
3/S3/SS3
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Financial accounts and statements, 1924-1939
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5/S3/SS3
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Letterpress account book, 1938-1939
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10/S3/SS3
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General cash book [Volume], 1912 May-1925 March
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14/S3/SS3
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General cash book [Volume], 1919 January-1923 August
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11/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book (Nevada Transportation Company) [Volume], 1916 March-1919 December
11/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book [Volume], 1921 April-1924 April
11/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book [Volume], 1924 May-1925 March
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12/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book [Volume], 1925 April-1927 December
12/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book [Volume], 1928 January-1931 December
12/S3/SS3
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Itemized cash book [Volume], 1932 January-1936 December
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10/S3/SS3
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Journal (Nevada Transportation Company), 1913 July-1921 April
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7/S3/SS3
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Ledger (Nevada Transportation Company), 1912 October-1920 December
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9/S3/SS3
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Journal, 1925 April-1930 December
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8/S3/SS3
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Ledger (loose pages laid in), 1912 May-1925 March
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14/S3/SS3
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Ledger, 1914 December-1923 August
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8/S3/SS3
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Trial balance book, 1925-1937
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9/S3/SS3
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"Agents Record of Claims Received Direct from Claimants", 1936-1938
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15/S3/SS3
22
Way bill register, 1937 January-1938 April
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16/S3/SS3
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Locomotive motor and train mileage, also used as a payroll and employee account book, 1937-1938