Judah again went to Washington and played a leading role in final passage of the Pacific Railroad bill. He met with little encouragement for the enterprise seemed too risky; prospects of financial returns were too remote.Even the assurance of government aid through grants of land and the loan of federal money, left the Central Pacific organizers with a formidable task ahead of them.
How they accomplished the task is an epic chapter in the history of the West.
Stanford, 36 years old when first steps were taken in November, 1860, to organize a railroad company, was a dealer in groceries and provisions; Crocker, 38, had a dry goods store; Huntington, 39, and Hopkins, 47, were partners in a hardware establishment.
The benefits of a transcontinental railroad, it seems, should have been obvious to all thinking men, but the idea took root only gradually and met with strenuous opposition.
The first plan to receive consideration of Congress was one in 1836.
It is published by the Southern Pacific Bureau of News, 65 Market Street, San Francisco, and is a revision of the "75 Years of Progress" articles which first appeared in the Southern Pacific "Bulletin" during 1944.