A Classification of American Wealth
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   Fallout of Theodore Judah and the Pacific Quartet over the building  
   of the Central Pacific Railroad  

Theodore Judah showed scruples, difficult to understand by his more practical partners, was the geological survey to determine the foot of the Sierra. This point was generally placed some 22 miles from Sacramento where Sierra granite was apparent. Governor Stanford used his influence to suggest a place called Arcade Creek, just 7 miles from Sacramento, as the base of the mountains. Both California State geologist Josiah Dwight Whitney and surveyor-general J.F. Houghton supported this position which was eventually adopted and confirmed by President Lincoln


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