Arthur Brown, Sr

Arthur Brown, Sr

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Death 7 Mar 1917 (aged 86–87)
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Section M
Memorial ID 41583215 · View Source
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Arthur Brown was one of the principle architects and bridge builders of the Central Pacific Railroad Company's transcontinental line. He supervised and planned much of the construction of the Southern Pacific Line into the 1890s. Arthur Brown was born in the village of Kentore near Aberdeen in Scotland in 1830. He was brought to Canada by his widowed mother, and he grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. As a young man he assisted his uncle, Alexander Christie, in the railroad construction of bridges and culverts. The two men moved west to British Columbia, where one of Brown's first construction projects was a pier. In 1864, Brown moved to California, and in 1865 began work for Central Pacific Railroad under James Harvey Strobridge, Superintendent of Construction. In one month he was promoted to the position of Superintendent of Bridges and Buildings, a position he held until after the transcontinental line was finished and much of the Southern Pacific line had been built. Brown was responsible for supervising construction and preparing plans. He was a well-known and respected builder of bridges. In 1868, an ambitious undertaking by Brown and the 2,500 men assigned to help him led to the construction of a series of snowsheds in just five months. Brown also designed and helped build other structures for the railroad including the Oakland Mole, and stations at Alta and San Francisco. He provided drawings for boats such as the ferryboat "Solano." Brown also constructed the San Francisco mansions of Charles Crocker and Leland Stanford and the original Del Monte Hotel in Monterey. Brown retired in the early 1890s.

(from the Arthur Brown Collection at the CA State Railroad Museum Library and Archives.)


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