Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Isthmus of Panama.

SS Golden Gate

Arrive San Francisco

March 3, 1857
SS Golden Gate
Commander R. L. Whiting
from Panama 

March 3, 1857, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Passengers by the SS Golden Gate, March 3, 1857, Sacramento Daily Union.

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.

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