Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Thomas C. Durant, March 23, 1866

In this letter from March 23, 1866, Samuel Reed writes to Thomas C. Durant, Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad, informing him that he has sent the estimates for building the railroad "from the Green River to the east line of the state of California" and will soon send the report and estimate of the work done in the mountains the previous season. Reed also notes that he has had great difficulty obtaining piles needed for the temporary construction work.

Union Pacific Rail Road Co.
Office of the Genl. Supt.

T.C. Durant V. P.
13 William St. NY

Dear Sir

I send you this day my estimates to build the road from Green River to the east line of the state of California in five and ten years.

Will send report and estimate of work done in the mountains last season early next week. Have three drivers at work on temporary bridge. Water rose yesterday and drove men off of the work. The ice is rapidly [running] out of the Loup Fork and in a few days all will be clear.

I find it very difficult to get the piles for the temporary work, shall put in those delivered for the permanent work if the others cannot be delivered fast enough to keep the drivers at work.

Yours very respectfully
Saml. B. Reed

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Thomas C. Durant
  • Extent: 1 page
  • Citation: Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, lowa City, Iowa, Papers of Levi O. Leonard, Box 26, Folder: "Samuel Benedict Reed Correspondence: 1866"
  • Date: March 23, 1866