Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888

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One of "Big Four" who built Central Pacific Railroad. Crocker actually supervised construction of tracks. Later invested in large landholdings and developed Del Monte Hotel (1880).

From the description of Charles Crocker deed, 1868. (University of the Pacific). WorldCat record id: 34919034

Charles Crocker was a prominent store-owner in Sacramento when, in 1860, he joined Collis Huntington, Huntington's business partner Mark Hopkins, then-Governor Leland Stanford, and other smaller investors in financing Theodore Judah's Central Pacific Railroad plan. Crocker's role in the Central Pacific was to oversee the construction. Crocker solved the problem of manpower by hiring Chinese workers and succeeded in finishing track construction many years ahead of the federal deadline. During the time of these letters, Crocker was the second vice president of the Central Pacific and exploring his interests in banking, real estate, agricultural development, and mining.

From the description of Correspondence of Charles Crocker 1881-1883. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228770294

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referencedIn Pacific Improvement Company. Pacific Improvement Company records, 1901-1966. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Collis Potter Huntington Papers, 1797-1904 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Pacific Improvement Company. Records, 1869-1931 (bulk 1883-1927). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Jervis, John B. (John Bloomfield), 1795-1885. Papers, 1820-1884 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Peter Palmquist cased photographs collection., circa 1844-1899 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sligo Iron Forge account book; Kephart, McElrath family papers, 1845-ca. 1919, bulk 1845-ca. 1880. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Residence of Charles Crocker [graphic] : N.W. corner California and Taylor Streets, San Francisco, Calif. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Lewis, Oscar, 1893-1992. Men against mountains / by Oscar Lewis. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Small Nevada Collections, 1868-1882 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
creatorOf California. Superior Court (Sonoma County). Case 905 : Ellen M. Colton vs. Leland Stanford, C.P. Huntington, Charles Crocker and Wells, Fargo & Co., 1883-1885. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888. Facts obtained from the lips of Charles Crocker, regarding his identification with the Central Pacific Railroad, and other roads growing of it : dictation and related material assembled in preparing his biography for H.H. Bancroft's Chronicles of the Builders of the Commonwealth ..., 1865-1890. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Madden, Jerome. Jerome Madden papers, 1875-1902. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Sligo iron forge account book; Kephart, McElrath family papers, 1845-ca. 1919; bulk 1845-1880. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Sligo iron forge account book; Kephart, McElrath family papers 1845-ca. 1919, bulk 1845-ca. 1880. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn "The Real West: Empire Builders" [videorecording], 1993 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Leland and Jane L. Stanford documents, 1880-1905 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Unidentified San Francisco Bay Area family photograph album [graphic], circa 1878-1929. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Reynard, Michael,. Leland and Jane L. Stanford documents, 1880-1905. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Banning Company. Records of the Banning Company, 1859-1948. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888. Correspondence of Charles Crocker 1881-1883. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888. Charles Crocker deed, 1868. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Biography clippings : "C" [surname] folder 1872-1989. Monterey Public Library
creatorOf Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888. Letter, May 5th 1872, Venice [Italy] / C. Crocker. California State University East Bay, Hayward Campus Library
creatorOf Crocker, Charles, 1822-1888. Letter to John W. Dwinelle : San Francisco : ALS, 1879 Oct. 17. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Maclay, Charles, 1822-1890. Papers of Charles Maclay, 1841-1922. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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associatedWith Banning Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Bates, Alfred. person
associatedWith Benton, Joseph A. (Joseph Augustine), 1818-1892. person
associatedWith California. Superior Court (Sonoma County) corporateBody
associatedWith Central Pacific Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Central Pacific Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Clement, L. M. person
associatedWith Colton, David Douty, 1832-1878. person
associatedWith Crocker, Mary A. Deming, d. 1889. person
associatedWith DeLamater, Guysbert Bogart Vroom, 1826-1896. person
associatedWith Dwinelle, John W. (John Whipple), 1816-1881. person
associatedWith Elliott, W. T. C. person
associatedWith Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900 person
associatedWith Jervis, John B. (John Bloomfield), 1795-1885. person
associatedWith Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1826-1863. person
associatedWith Lewis, Oscar, 1893-1992. person
associatedWith Maclay, Charles, 1822-1890. person
associatedWith Madden, Jerome. person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Morrison, George Howard. person
associatedWith Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pacific Improvement Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Palmquist, Peter E. person
associatedWith Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920 person
associatedWith Rankin, Ira Packard, 1817- person
associatedWith Reynard, Michael, person
associatedWith Reynard, Michael, collector person
associatedWith Robinson, Lester Ludyah, b. 1824. person
associatedWith Sargent, A. A. (Aaron Augustus), 1827-1887. person
associatedWith Southern Pacific Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Victor, Frances Fuller, 1826-1902. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Reno (Nev.)
Nevada--Reno
Vesuvius (Italy)
Sacramento (Calif.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
California
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Real property
Overland journeys to the Pacific--Personal narratives
Railroads
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Birth 1822-09-16

Death 1888-08-14

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