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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: The Central Pacific Railroad: Photo 31

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A new statue of Schuyler Colfax himself. Is he unfamiliar? He was the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1865, when Lincoln asked him to go out to California and assure Western miners about their importance to the nation. Colfax spent two months travelling west by stagecoach. Arriving in Sacramento, he was taken by train to the end of the line, where a town was created and named for him. In later years, Colfax was Grant's vice-president.

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