icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Things To Do
Dress Up | 1st Person | African American Map | Now Read This | Magic Lens | In the Round | Tool Videos | Architecture | e-Postcards | Chronologies | Turns Activities

Send an E-Postcard of:
"A Letter from T. D. Judah"

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

Theodore D. ("Ted") Judah was born in 1826 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After earning a degree at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, he became a railroad engineer, designing railroads around the country. From 1844 on, he worked on a number of projects including the New Haven, Hartford and Springfield Railroad and the Connecticut River Railway. During that last project he met and married Anna Ferona Pierce, the daughter of a Greenfield, Massachusetts, merchant. In 1854 he went to California where he worked on several railroad projects. There he became convinced of the necessity and feasibility of a railroad from California to the east - a transcontinental railroad. The scale of such a project meant that only the federal government could afford to finance it. He became one of the project's biggest promoters, traveling back and forth from California to Washington, DC, to lobby for it. In the summer of 1860, Judah was pleased to find that the Republican party had put a plank in its election platform for full government support for a transcontinental railway. The "letter" referred to in this newspaper piece from December, 1860, refers to a pamphlet Judah had published in November in California. The pamphlet claimed that building the line from Sacramento to Nevada would be short and that it would face "no serious engineering difficulties." Both turned out to be entirely untrue. Judah would get his railroad built and it would be a masterpiece of engineering, as he overcame the serious difficulties of building this long and complicated railroad.


top of page

Share this image with a friend.
Simply enter their e-mail address below and we'll send them this image in an e-mail greeting, along with a link to see the image on our site.

To E-Mail Address *
From E-Mail Address *
From Name

* = Required

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback