Cache Valley’s Economy and the U.I.C.

Maintaining Professionalism and Efficiency

Services Provided by the Train

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By the end of 1917, the O.L.I. had adopted new technologies to provide better services to their customers and business partners. The Logan Republican reported on December 11, 1917, of the implementation of heated cars to protect perishables from freezing during the winter months.
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(University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Utah Digital Newspapers, https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jq1zxs/4872022)

Records kept by the stations indicate that the U.I.C. remained up to date in how to handle the packaging and shipment of numerous types of items, animals, and goods. Memos from company leadership indicated when special packages traveled with the train and explained how they were to be treated and maintained. Innovations in train cars allowed agricultural products, livestock, other animals, and additional sensitive items to be transported under steam, in freezers, or in heated areas.[5] Thus, the U.I.C. was able to deal with a variety of materials, consumer goods, groceries, etc. along its delivery route.

Employment with the U.I.C.

Economic Contributions

Sample Collection of Additional Economic Documents

The Role of Stockholders

Stockholders were also a major part of the economic contribution of the railroad, both for the company’s operations and for the investments of the stockholders. This collection of letters, from the Frederick P. Champ Papers, demonstrates the role of stockholders within the railroad company; the position, direction, and goals of the company; and some of the risks and concerns that they may have experienced with the financial issues faced by the U.I.C. throughout its operation.

[1] Swett, 90.
[2] Carr, 27–29.
[3] Carr, 27–29.
[4] Swett, 90.
[5] Shaw, 3. See “Stations and Records” for documents, fliers, and articles demonstrating the economic capabilities and training provided and required by the U.I.C.
[6] Meyrick, 7.
[7] Sorensen, “A Corporate and Financial History of the UIC,” 132.
[8] Sorensen, “The Utah Idaho Central Railroad,” 154.