UPRR Locomotives Sold To H. M. Hoxie
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(This is a work in progress; research continues.)
July 2, 1864
President Lincoln approved the changes to the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. (Building The Pacific Railway, by Edwin L. Sabin, 1919, page 89)
"This August a contract was let to Hubert M. Hoxie for the building and equipping of the first 100 miles west from Omaha at $50,000 a mile, reckoned in securities at face value; sum total, $5,000,000. Owing to shortage of labor and the balloon ascent of all material, construction and equipment expenses had swelled as in the case of the Central." (Building The Pacific Railway, by Edwin L. Sabin, 1919, page 89)
Mr. Hoxie had been in charge of the company ferry between Omaha and Council Bluffs. ... The company decided to do away with independent contractors, and entrusted its building to the financial corporation formed of its stockholders and entitled, at the suggestion of the irrepressible George Francis Train, "The Credit Mobilier of America." ...but at any rate the road was put through. Contractor Hoxie was appointed assistant superintendent in the train operating department, and served efficiently in getting supplies to the front. (Building The Pacific Railway, by Edwin L. Sabin, 1919, page 89)
One source noted that Hoxie was an "irresponsible man (an employee in charge of the ferry at Omaha)". (The Union Pacific Railway, A Study in Railway Politics, History, and Economics, by John P. Davis, 1894; Google Books; page 163)
September 23, 1864
The so-called "Hoxie Contract" was signed between Union Pacific and man by the name of Herbert M. Hoxie, of Des Moines, Iowa, supposedly a friend of General Grenville Dodge and Thomas C. Durant. The contract had been signed on August 8, 1864.
Under the contract, Hoxie or his representative, was to build for the Union Pacific Railroad the first 100 miles of the new line.
October 4, 1864
The Hoxie contract was extended to the 100th Meridan, 247 miles west of Omaha.
October 7, 1864
Hoxie agreed to assign the actual work to "such persons as Durant personally might designate" (Ames, page 42) On that same day, Durant and his associates (all of whom were Union Pacific stockholders) formed a pool with the purpose of carrying out the Hoxie contract at a cost of $5 million ($50,000 per mile instead of the engineering estimate of $30,000 per mile). (Ames, page 43; Davis, page 164)
October 7, 1864
"...Hoxie agreed to assign his contract to Durant or any person he (Durant) might designate; on the same day, the assignment was made to a company (simple partnership-not a corporation or company of limIted liability) composed of Durant, McComb and a few others, all stockholders in the Union Pacific." (The Union Pacific Railway, A Study in Railway Politics, History, and Economics, by John P. Davis, 1894; Google Books; page 164)
"The Hoxie contract (covering the line from Omaha to the 100th meridian, two hundred and forty-seven miles) was assigned to the Credit Mobilier, and by that corporation performed, the work being finished on the 5th of October, 1866." (The Union Pacific Railway, A Study in Railway Politics, History, and Economics, by John P. Davis, 1894; Google Books; page 166)
December 19, 1864
Union Pacific sold three locomotives to H. M. Hoxie; all three were sold back to Union Pacific in April 1867.
October 5, 1866
Construction was completed to the 100th Meridian; a sign was erected at what was known as the symbolic beginning of the West by stating "100th MERIDIAN. 247 MILES FROM OMAHA"; the site is just west of today's Cozad, Nebraska, a town on U. S. Highway 30 and a station on the Union Pacific, as well as being a stop on the Pony Express.
(Cozad was shown as milepost 238.2 in 1948; the 1981 Union Pacific track profile shows the 100th Meridian at milepost 238.29)
Union Pacific sold 17 locomotives to H. M. Hoxie; all were sold back to Union Pacific in April 1867.
Locomotives Sold To Hoxie (1864)
|Major General Sherman||UPRR 1||Danforth, Cooke||||Sep 1864||Jul 1865||1880||O&RV 4||1|
|Major General McPherson||UPRR 2||Danforth, Cooke||||Sep 1864||Jul 1865||1872||CC 2||2|
|(no name)||UPRR 3||Manchester||51||Aug 1864||1868||CC 1||3|
Locomotives Sold To Hoxie (1866)
|Major General Sheridan||UPRR 4||Norris||||1865||60-16x24||4-4-0||1|
|Vice Admiral Farragut||UPRR 5||Norris||||1865||60-16x24||4-4-0||2|
|Black Hawk||UPRR 6||Hinkley & Williams||752||Aug 1865||60-14x22||4-4-0||3|
|Omaha||UPRR 7||Schenectady||411||Mar 1866||60-16x24||4-4-0||4|
|Idaho||UPRR 8||Schenectady||418||Apr 1866||60-16x24||4-4-0||5|
|Denver||UPRR 10||Danforth||447||May 1866||63-16x24||4-4-0||6|
|Colorado||UPRR 11||Danforth||448||May 1866||63-16x24||4-4-0||7|
|Bellevue||UPRR 12||Danforth||449||Aug 1866||54-18x22||2-6-0||8|
|Utah||Pony No.1||Danforth||||Jul 1866||46-14x22||0-4-0T||9|
|UPRR 16||Grant||474||Jul 1866||61-16x24||4-4-0||10|
|UPRR 17||Grant||475||Jul 1866||61-16x24||4-4-0||11|
|UPRR 18||Grant||476||Aug 1866||61-16x24||4-4-0||12|
|UPRR 19 (1st)||Hinkley & Williams||784||Aug 1866||63-14x22||4-4-0||UPRR 13||1866||13|
|UPRR 20 (1st)||Hinkley & Williams||787||Sep 1866||63-14x22||4-4-0||UPRR 14||1866||14|
|UPRR 21 (1st)||Hinkley & Williams||788||Oct 1866||63-14x22||4-4-0||UPRR 15||1866||15|
|UPRR 19 (2nd)||Grant||477||Aug 1866||61-16x24||4-4-0||16|
|UPRR 20 (2nd)||Grant||478||Aug 1866||61-16x24||4-4-0||17|
|a.||Each of the 17 locomotives sold to Hoxie in 1866, were sold back to Union Pacific in 1867, and had the following later dispositions:|
|UPRR 4||UPRy 4||1882||OSLRy 29|
|UPRR 5||UPRy 5||1882||OSLRy 24|
|UPRR 6||1871||CC 3|
|UPRR 7||UPRy 7|
|UPRR 8||UPRy 8|
|UPRR 10||UPRy 10|
|UPRR 11||UPRy 11||1882||OSLRy 26|
|UPRR 12||1880||USRRE 12|
|Pony No.1||UPRy 1|
|UPRR 16||UPRy 16||1880||OSLRy 3|
|UPRR 17||UPRy 17|
|UPRR 18||UPRy 18||1880||OSLRy 10|
|UPRR 13||1876||O&RV 1|
|UPRR 14||1871||USRR 1|
|UPRR 15||1870||UCRR 1|
|UPRR 19 (2nd)||UPRy 19||1880||OSLRy 1|
|UPRR 20 (2nd)||UPRy 20||1880||OSLRy 2|
Union Pacific Locomotives, 1864-1880 -- A roster listing of UP locomotives numbered as UPRR 1 through UPRR 190.