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10: Railroads Help with Continuing Education (editor's title)

Southern Pacific Railroad agricultural demonstration train
In many states all over the country, railroads teamed up with land-grant colleges and universities to send educational trains to the people. Railroads benefited through increased freight revenues, and the states benefited through enhanced production and new immigrants, attracted by the new opportunites. This picture was made on the afternoon of October 15, 1910, at Erath in south Louisiana, west of New Orleans on the Southern Pacific. The SP's official photographer took this view and many others on the 12-day tour sponsored by the railroad and Louisiana State University. The tour began on October 3, visited forty cities and towns, and ended at Erath. Erath school children sang "America" and "twice as many people (were) present as the town has population," according to the New Orleans Picayaune, which sent a reporter with the train. Erath was "demonstration-train 'mad' for the time being," he wrote. Eight professors were on hand to instruct about sugar cane, corn, rice, dairy, and meat cattle and hogs. LSU expected the national publicity about the train would attract northern farmers to the South, where they could grow more crops every year because of the milder climate. In other states, educational trains at the time promoted and provided instruction for everything from fish hatcheries to growing potatoes to developing better seeds. The Picayaune covered the train every day of the journey with long articles, some of them on the front page.

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Alternate Title Railroad History in a Nutshell
Source California State Railroad Museum
Coverage Spatial, Erath, Louisiana; Temporal, October 15, 1910
Rights California State Railroad Museum
Date Created 1910
Extent 4-3/8 in. by 11-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Erath, Louisiana
Creator Description Edward H. Kemp (1868-1964) and his wife, Josephine A Kemp (1868-1941), were commercial photographers best known for their still photographs and motion pictures for travelogues. Mrs. Kemp wrote in Camera Craft magazine about a trip to Arizona to document a Native American snake dance in 1905. Their illustrated lectures included movies of building the Panama Canal in 1912. In addition to this agricultural train, Kemp also made photographs for Sunset magazine, published by Southern Pacific from 1898 to 1914. Kemp had a San Francisco business that made, sold, and traded lantern slides.
Image ID CSRM Negative 29233
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