Virginia & Truckee Railroad Press Book from 1884 to 1886

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Virginia & Truckee Railroad Press Book from 1884 to 1886
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One of a kind! A full 498 copies of letters sent by D. A. Bender to various people as secretary of the VIrginia & Truckee Railroad. Includes an index. Letters went to people like H. J. Crocker (13 letters, San Francisco businessman, West Side Flume & Lumber), Mrs. R. K. Colcord (2, wife of Governor), RL Fulton (1, president of the Nevada Historical Society, Railroad Agent), Frank Golden (2, Tonopah banker, Golden Hotel in Reno), Reverend WH Hill (3), RJ Laws (5), PH Mulcahy (3, Sparks Tribune), EB Yerington (16, president of the V&T). You will find many other names associated with businesses in Nevada: Lonkey, Sutherland, Thrall, Shirley, Pratt, Marker, Mott, Lyon, etc. Randomly looking through the pages we found "supply mne with half rate fare from Reno to San Francisco", "small folder I want - please set up and send me proof", "For his use one first class ticket", to Laws "rates will therefore be from Virginia Gold Hill and Dayton (C&C) $4.00", to Lake Tahoe Travel "The tourist travel to Lake Tahoe may be said to have fairly started for the season [2+ pages]", "round trip...Candelaria...$10.00", C. P. Voucher No. 492 in favor of C. C. Stevenson Esq. for $9.00 [soon to be Nevada governor]", "by special train after performance". As you can see these are all business! Like most press books, the letters have expanded and the writing is hard to read. But with diligence, most of the letters can be transcribed.

Bender was the general freight and pass agent from 1879 to 1889. He also served in that capacity for the C&C. He was a clerk and cashier on the Central Pacific from 1865 to 1871. In 1871 he moved to Reno and established a bank in his name.

And for a few of you out there, if this isn't enough to grab your attention - this book must have been used by a left hander. The writing is all on the left hand side (backwards) of the pages. That would make it much easier for a left-hand person. This book provides a most compelling history of the V&T between February 1884 and July 1886. Date: 1884-`886 Location: Virginia City, Nevada HWAC# 58279