Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Isthmus of Panama.

SS Golden Gate

Arrive San Francisco

April 13, 1856
SS Golden Gate
Captain A. V. H. LeRoy, Esq., Commander
From Panama


Eleven Days Later From The Atlantic States
Later European Intelligence

Peace Prospects and Negotiations -- Election News -- Important from Kansas -- Arrest of the State Authoritis -- withdrawal of the Nicaragua Steamers -- Frightful Casualities -- Markets -- List of Passengers, &c., &c.

The mail steamer Golden Gate arrived last evening at 5 o'clock, after a rapid run from Panama, bringing nearly a thousand passengers and the United States mails.


The Beach Around Colon.

The incentive for building a rail line from Chagres to the town of Panama City was the dramatic increase in traffic to California as a result of the 1849 Gold Rush. In 1847, the actual east west transit across the isthmus was by native dugout boats (and later by modified lifeboats) up the often dangerous Chagres River, and then by mules for the final 20 miles (32 km) over old Spanish trails. Panama and the California Gold Rush. The trails had fallen into serious disrepair after some 50 years of little or no maintenance and up to 120 inches (3 m) of rain each year in the April December rainy season.Construction on the Panama Railroad began in 1850 and the first revenue train ran over the full length on January 28, 1855.

William H. Aspinwall, the man who had won the bid for the building and operating of the Pacific Mail steamships, conceived a plan to construct a railway across the Isthmus; he and his partners created a company registered in New York, the Panama Railroad Company, raised $1,000,000 from the sale of stock, and hired companies to conduct engineering and route studies.

Presidents of the Panama Railroad Company.
Presidents of the Panama Railroad Company, 1849-1916: The Most Astounding Story Ever Told about American Railroad Executives

Author Captain Julius Grigore, Jr. discovered many fascinating revelations beyond expectation -- about the Wall Street manipulations and the questionable involvements of the early presidents of the Panama Railroad Company, especially during the Park, Sage, Simmons, and Stockwell terms of office. The author selected the Ludlow through Goethals presidencies, from 1849 to 1916, as this group represented the most controversial, fascinating, and incredible personages concerned with the incorporation, construction, organization, and management of the Panama Railroad Company.

The Golden Gate left Panama March March 30th, at 3 a. m. with United States mails and 547 packages express matter, and 957 passengers; our passengers arrived at Aspinwall an the morning of the 29th March, and crossed the Isthmus in three hours. On their arrival at Panama they were immediately transferred to the Company's steamboatTaboga and conveyed to this steamer.

The railroad is in excellent order and the health of the Isthmus good. April 20th, at 4 p.m. off San Juan del Sur, spoke steamer Cortes, put on board Geo. S. Porter, bound for San Juan -- had no other communication whatever with her. April 5th, at 11 a.m arrived at Acapulco, received our supplies and sailed at 6 p.m. Nothing worthy of note from the interior. -- 9th at 11 a. m. passed the Co.'s steamer Golden Age off Margarita Island, bound down; 10th spoke whale ship Leonard, of San Francisco, four months out, had 400 bbls. oil and all well; same afternoon at 5-1/2 o'clock, boarded and exchanged papers with steamer Uncle Sam. We have had no deaths and have had one birth.

We are informed that a steamer of the new line, under the auspices of Mr. Chas. Morgan, will be sent forward for Nicaragua on April 8th. The California passengers who will leave San Francisco on 20th March, wiil be brought to New York by the Panama steamship George Law, who will call at Punta Arenas for that purpose.

Later from Oregon and the Sandwich Islands

San Francisco, April 13. The brig "Susan Abigail" brings us one day's later news from Oregon. A company of 350 regulars re-took the Cascades from the Indians with a loss of only two men. The men in the Block House would very soon have surrendered but for the timely arrival of the military. Fifteen Indians, mostly chiefs, were taken prisoners, have been Court Martialed and sentenced to be shot. The steamer "Mary" is not burned, as reported. An attempt was made when the Cascades was taken, but by the promtness of her engineer, who cut her moorings, she escaped. It was not known how many Indians have been killed, but fifteen bodies have been found. The Cascades is all destroyed except the Block House and one other building.


Passengers by the SS Golden Gate, April 13, 1856, DAC and Sacramento Daily Union April 14, 1856.J M Cross, J P Rankin and lady, C Comstock, J. H. Saunders, J L Simmons, L. Negbaur, D. Hardie, Mr. Elkins, Mrs Hunter, Mrs Day and 2 children, J Russel, Miss E. Gladwin, C. F. Marroeders, H. S. Allen, Miss Brayton, A B Holten and lady, N. H. Street, L. Goldstine and lady, Mrs Cohen, infant and servant, J A Murray, H. Bone, W. J. Douglass, lady and infant, Mrs Ellsarzie, Mr. Ritt, Miss Ritt, Mrs. Maxwell and child, B. Kister and lady, Mr Cooper and lady, A Wilson, Mr Grashimer, L Gootz, Mrs. Warshauskie and child, E. E. Gid and and daughter, H Silverstine and lady, Mrs Toney, J. B. Hurn, J. G. French, Mrs. Rice, G. Howell and lady, Mrs Turner, N J Chapman, F Gardner, lady and 2 children, Mrs Murray, W. Mansfield, Wines & Co's messenger, Mr Blake, Wells, Fargo A Co., B McNulity, Pacific Express Co., C. Roberts, G. W. Sarner and lady, Mrs. Delaver and child, Rev. Mr. McCarthy, B. F. Dewy, P. Dewy, H Martin, J. F. Griffith, H. H. Hines, A Flowers and lady, J Perry, J. B. Overton, Mrs. Gey and two children, Mrs. Oppenheimer and child, G. Webber and lady, Mr. Johnson, G. Solomon, lady and child, Miss Beglow and servant, Mrs. Hill, Miss Hill and two children, Mrs Wisnell, Mrs Wilder, Mrs Keyph, Mrs Mixer, G. H. Mixer, G. H. Stephens, H. W. Higgins, Mrs. Marsh, Miss Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, Mrs Smith, Mrs Carter and child, Mr and Mrs Peake, W A Davidson, N. S. Kierkup, R. Robinson, sister and servant, L Whitingham, G. G. Ould, Mail Agent, J. Temple and lady, Mrs. Arage, Mrs. Auguste and two children, Mrs Cape and four children, Jas. Oliver, J. J. Taylor, Mrs. Loshman, P. Doylet and lady, G Jenkins and lady, Mr. Tuscar, Mrs. Green and two children, Mrs. Brigham and two children, Mrs. Demis, Madame Louise A Taylor and servant, A Taylor, Miss Denis, E. Blackman an dlady, Miss Strong, Mr. Wackly, R. Longher, Mrs. Clements and two children, C. C. Mide, Dr. Silversmith, E Wertz, S. B. Darling, J. Cordas, Miss Cordas, Mrs. Ashco and 2 children, Mrs. Guerdf, J. W. Bouhem, C. Kitchen, Miss McNulty, L. B. Renter, S. Shaw, H. Marlow, A. H. Riley, G. Morrey, Geo. H. Wolf and lady, Mrs. Downie, Mrs. Works and infant, A. Marshaneke, J. K. Platt, Mrs. Waters and 3 children, Wm. Laflin, R. Miller, W. Howard, T. Craig, Mrs. Jenett and 3 children, N. Lent, N. Coffin, T. B. Clark, Mrs. Bigbee and 2 children, Mrs. Taylor and 2 daughters, Mrs. Lutz and child, Mrs Harney, A Rainey, Mrs. Jokes, Mrs. Evans, B. C. Wilson, R. Wallace, J. Gillis, C. Eusted, J. R. and J. Noftar, E. Slight, J. W. Grenlow, K. McLenor, J. Walling, J. Overackes and lady, J. M. Polard, W. Cohen, Miss Miller, Mrs. Hallis and 2 children, Miss Brokerick, Mrs. McLeod and child, Mr. Lovejoy, H. Litchfield, Mrs. Cook and child, A. S. Dudley, S. Esclark, J. R. Kelly and 2 boys, A. B. Kincaid, Edwin Hover, Mrs. L. Foreman and 3 children, Miss Young, E. R. Smith, Miss Riley, D. J. and E. C. Levy, J. W. Dark and 575 in steerage.

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