H4643.33

1860's
Museum Purchase
H4643.33

Grace Hudson Museum, 1994

11 x 14 photo of R. R. construction 1860's. Thousands of Chinese were imported to help build the first railroad over the Sierra, for American labor was more interested in digging for gold. This picture shows the filling-in on high Secrettown trestle above Colfax, and the meager tools of construction used in those pioneer days.

Picture This Information

This artifiact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifacts is available at Picture This

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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