Harry Bender Jr hardcover
The Central Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads, like many railroads, had a number of standard designs for depots. In the late 19th century a series of these began to be assigned numbers, later designated as Common Standard numbers. Eventually there were 26 of those designs, though some designs were built rarely and others had dozens of examples throughout the system. But in addition to these numbered designs, there were other de facto standard depot designs, ranging from early board-and-batten depots, to the handsome colonnade designs of the 20th century. This book presents the history of all these varied designs, and lists the town or location where they were built, as far as is known. The book is illustrated with an extensive trove of depot photographs, showing many examples of standard depots, and variations and modifications of them. The work is also richly furnished with citations to sources, making this an authoritative account of its subject. The author has worked for years to collect and collate detailed information on this subject, and the thorough and complete coverage reflects that effort.