Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, March 27, 1867

In this letter from March 27, 1867, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing the difficulty of clearing the tracks of snow. He expects that the storm will destroy some bridges.

We are still laboring hard to clear the track. Erastus has just wired me the following from Grand Island: "We are out of luck in this country, wind blowing and snow drifting worse than ever, half men either blind or frozen, looks bad." Since noon the laborers are doing better, wind subsided, clear and pleasant. There is an immense quantity of snow on the plains and in the mountains. I expect very high water and we may lose some bridges.

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: March 27, 1867