Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, April 25, 1867

In this letter from April 25, 1867, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family with mixed feelings, noting that the first train in ten days has passed over the road, but that a "large amount" of work still needs to be done to get the road in "good order."

Today we have the roads so far replaced that the first train will pass over since the 15th. There is a large amount of work yet to be done before the road will be in good order. No work done on grading or track laying. Before the break there was a prospect of rushing ahead more rapidly than last year. It gives me the blues to think that our road which was in such good shape should be at this season of the year so badly cut up.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: April 25, 1867