Guide to the Utah Idaho Central Railway Providence Station Records,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Utah Idaho Central Railway. Providence Station.
Title: Utah Idaho Central Railway Providence Station Records
Dates: 1918-1919 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 163
Summary: Miscellaneous documents including bills of lading, daily abstracts, daily balance sheets, way bills, and memorandum for cash book. Also includes circulars from the United States Railway Administration concerning freight tariffs.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

The Utah-Idaho Central Railroad Company grew from two local railway systems organized by David Eccles. The Ogden Rapid Transit Company (1900) and the Logan Rapid Transit Company (1909) merged in May 1914 to create the Ogden, Logan & Idaho Railway Company. The main line extended from Ogden, Utah to Preston, Idaho and its major business focus was to profit from passenger (rather than freight) transit. The Company was officially incorporated with the name “Utah-Idaho Central Railroad” in 1918. The Utah-Idaho Central operated until February 28, 1947, when the rail line was abandoned and scrapped.

The Providence, Utah Station was erected in 1915 and by 1916 had become a stop on the electric powered Ogden, Logan & Idaho Railway Company’s route.

Content Description

This three-box collection contains the papers of the UIC Providence Railroad Station and span the period of 1918 to 1919. These papers consist of freight tariff publications from the United States Railroad Administration, daily abstracts and balance sheets, way bills, and a memorandum for cash book. Box 1 contains the United States Railway Administration circulars which concern freight tariffs that are geographically specific and contain detailed charges for different types of freight, such as cement, livestock, and canned goods. Boxes 2-3 contain a variety of working papers from the station, including bills of landing, daily abstracts, daily balance sheets, way bills, and memorandum for cash book.

The papers that comprise this collection were found in an abandoned building in Logan and had received water damage prior to their donation to Utah State University. Researchers should be aware that the papers in this collection are fragile and at times difficult to read due to this damage.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Utah Idaho Central Railway Providence Station Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Utah Idaho Central Railway Providence Station Records USU_COLL MSS 163, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 163, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by subject matter

Processing Note :  

Processed in February of 2006

Related Materials :  

Note for Researchers: In addition to this collection USU Special Collections & Archives houses two other UIC collections: The Mendon Station Papers (COLL MSS 60) and The Wellsville Station Papers (COLL MSS 61)

Bibliography :  Sources for further information:
  • Sorenson, Philip E., “The Utah-Idaho Central Railroad,” Utah Historical Quarterly , Vol. 27, 1959.
  • Sorenson, Philip E. "A Corporate and Financial History of the Utah-Idaho Central Railroad" (Masters thesis, Utah State Agricultural College, 1957.)

Detailed Description of the Collection

Freight tariff publications from the United States Railroad Administration, 1919
(20 folders)

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Various documents concerning the UIC operation, 1918-1919
2 1 Ogden Logan and Idaho/ Utah Idaho Central shipping orders 1918 May-July and 1919
2 2 Bills of Lading 1918
2 3 Amalgamated Sugar Company Shipping Orders 1919 August-October
2 4 Daily Abstracts 1918 April
2 5 Daily Abstracts 1918 June
2 6 Daily Balance Sheets 1918 April
2 7 Daily Balance Sheets 1918 June
2 8 Waybills 1918
2 9 Waybills 1919 September
2 10 Waybills 1919 October
2 11 Freight Bills 1918 July
2 12 Daily baggage report 1918 July

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Memorandum for Cash Book Entry(papers are loose), 1918-1919
(Records the point of origin and destination for cargo; consignee; route of shipment; shipper; amount and description of cargo; weight and rates).

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    • Corporate Names :
    • Ogden, Logan and Idaho Railway Company.
    • Theurer Brothers General Merchandise (Providence, Utah)
    • United States Railway Association
    • Utah Idaho Central Railway.
    • Utah Idaho Central Railway. Providence Station--History.
    • Utah Idaho Central Railway. Providence Station--Records and correspondence.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Railroads--Utah.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Providence (Utah)--History.

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