Fonds F2614 - A.B. Rogers fonds

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A.B. Rogers fonds


  • Microfilmed 1982 (originally created 1857-1889) (Creation)

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1 microfilm reel

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Albert Bowman Rogers, 1829-1889, was born at Orleans, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Brown and Yale universities, and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Yale in 1853. He was employed as an engineer on the Erie Canal, then moved on to railway work in Iowa and Minnesota, where he specialized in location of railway routes. In 1862 he was commissioned a major in the United States Cavalry during an uprising of the Dakota Sioux. In 1881 he was hired by the railway magnate J. J. Hill to take charge of railway location in the mountain region of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). In 1882 he located the route through the Selkirk Mountains known as the Rogers Pass. Following the completion of the CPR, Rogers worked for Hill on his Great Northern Railroad. He died in Waterville, Minnesota, USA. He was married twice, to Sarah Lawton and to Nellie Brush. For further information see Pierre Berton "Albert Bowman Rogers" Dictionary of Canadian Biography, volume 11, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.


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Microfilm purchased from Washington State Historical Society, 1983.

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The fonds consists of Rogers’s diaries (1857-1887) including detailed notes on his railway exploration activities; and his letterbooks containing outward correspondence (1878-1889).

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The material is in English.

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The originals are in the archives of the Washington State Historical Society.

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