The T&T Chronology

Dates and Events of the T&T and the Area

Including the Bullfrog Goldfield RR and the Death Valley RR

Pre-1901 - 1901-10 - 1911-1920 - 1921-1930 - 1931-1946

1931 - 1940
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 1931-40

The T&T Ranch expands, drilling wells, erecting buildings and growing alfalfa. With the establishment of a small dairy, the ranch is furnishing milk and vegetables to the Furnace Creek Inn and the Amargosa Hotel. Grapes in large quantities, plus nut and fruit trees soon join the list of produce from the ranch.
 

RDM
 1931

Death Valley Railroad formally abandoned. The Bradford spur to the clay pits is converted to standard gauge and the T&T assumes operation.
 

DFM
 07/27/1931     

Francis Marion "Borax" Smith dies at 85.
 

REL
 1932

The Carrara Spur is dismantled.
 

RDM
 1933

With a new method of gasoline refinement, the need for the Death Valley Clay is almost nonexistant. Production at Ash Meadows in 1935 is down to 600 tons - annually!
 

REL
 05/05/1933

Thanks to the Dispatcher's Log Sheet of Hugh McPhee and an assistant, we have a glimpse into the operation of the T&T railroad. "A Day in the Life of the T&T"
 

DTS
 Sep. 1933

The shops and other equipment at Ludlow begin moving to a new headquarters at D.V. Junction.
 

DFM
 10/08/1933

Last service bewteen Ludlow and Crucero is run. The tracks are to be 'abandoned in place' for a year. They remain until 1942.
 

DFM
 March 1938

Major flood damage to the T&T.
 

DFM
 Dec. 1938

Application is made to the I.C.C. for cessation of operations.
 

DFM
 12/31/1939

Abandonment is first authorized for this date - then postponed to April 1, 1940.
 

DFM
 06/14/1940

The Tonopah & Tidewater is finally "abandoned in place" after two additional postponements. A 'Last Train' special is run. Employees and their wives document the occasion.
 

DFM
Post 1940
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 Sep. 1941

Nevada Representative James G. Scrugham proposes the T&T and a rebuilt BG RR be operated by the government to provide transportation of the magnesium deposits at Luning, NV. Rehabilitation costs for the T&T estimated at $315,000 and the rebuilding of the BG was to cost $2,400,000. Already approved Lend-Lease funds were to be used, but the plan never materialized and the government requisitioned the equipment and rails the following year.
 

JFW
 07/18/1942

Sharp & Fellows contract with the War Department to dismantle the T&T. Work begins on this date at Beatty and proceeds south.
 

DFM
 12/21/1942

An automobile smashes into an empty T&T flatcar used by Sharp & Fellows with one death resulting from the accident. The jury's award in a lawsuit for damages against S&F is nullified by the trial judge. This action is upheld by the California District Court on 11/09/1944.
 

JAM
 07/25/1943

The last rails are removed at Ludlow. The T&T is no more.
 

DFM
 12/03/1946

The I.C.C. finds that the T&T has not legally abandoned its property and formal authorization is granted at a hearing. The T&T is now "Officially Abandoned".
 

DFM
Sources
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  Citations are used against the text by the first souce found
- or - changed to show when a clarification is utilized.

Listed by the full Initials of the author.
 DAW David A. Wright
 DFM David F. Myrick
 DTS David T. Sprau
 HCT Hugh C. Tolford
 JAM John A. McCulloch
 JFW Joseph F. Webber
 RDM Robert D. McCracken
 REL Richard E. Lingenfelter


Pre-1901 - 1901-10 - 1911-1920 - 1921-1930 - 1931-1946

 

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