Re: When is the grain rush?


randyhees <hees@...>
 

In the 19th century California had it's own grain rush, from the fields, mostly in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, but also the Salinas Valley and even the East Bay where they grew winter wheat, shipped to Vallejo, Port Costa, Oakland and other deep water ports for shipment via ship around the horn to England for distribution in Europe...

The story is the background in Frank Norris' THE OCTOPUS, (source of Southern Pacific's nick name) and resulted in construction of the Monterey and Salinas Valley (narrow gauge) Railroad.

Then most grain was shipped bagged on flat cars. The distance shipped via rail was short... from the farm west to the nearby ports.

Randy Hees

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