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Forfeiture of lands granted to Oregon and California Railroad.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Lands

Forfeiture of lands granted to Oregon and California Railroad.

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Lands

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Published by [s.n.] in Washington .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Federal aid to transportation,
  • Public lands,
  • Railroads

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesForfeiture of lands granted to California and Oregon Railroad
    SeriesH.rp.930
    The Physical Object
    FormatElectronic resource
    Pagination7 p.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL15978541M

    The contention in the case thus referred to was that the lands there in controversy, which had been patented to the Oregon & California Railroad Company, were reserved and appropriated for the benefit of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company under the act of July 2, , and by reason of the filing of the Perham map. Oregon Central Railroad Company sold and conveyed to the Oregon & California Railroad Company itssaid road andall title right to the said land grant. On Janu , no part of the roadfrom Forest Grove to Astoria having been built, congress passed an act forfeiting so much of the lands granted as aforesaid.

    Opinion for Oregon & California R. Co. v. United States, U.S. , 35 S. Ct. , 59 L. Ed. , U.S. LEXIS — Brought to you by Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating high quality open legal information. A month later, however, the United States Supreme Court upheld a decision by the U.S. District Court of Oregon, enjoining Southern Pacific from selling timber and minerals from lands granted to the Oregon and California Railroad during its construction in the s.

    This pertains to timber "used in railroad." By reference to item 16 of the agreed statement of facts, the claim shows, as it relates to item (h) of the summary, "the value of timber taken from the granted lands and used by the Oregon & California Railroad Company, Southern Pacific Company, or their predecessors.".   This story begins in , when the federal government granted public domain lands to a company called the Oregon and California Railroad to build a rail link between Portland and California. These lands, like most railroad grant lands of the time, were divided into a checkerboard in which the railroad received every other square.


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Forfeiture of lands granted to Oregon and California Railroad by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Lands Download PDF EPUB FB2

The revested lands had been granted in to the Oregon and California (O&C) Railroad Company for construction of a line from Portland to the California border. Congress stipulated in that the million acres granted the railroad had to be sold in tracts no larger than acres to actual settlers and for no more than $ an acre.

The Oregon & California forfeiture was preceded by the Oregon land fraud trials of to More than a thousand people were indicted, and more than were convicted for defrauding the U.S.

and Oregon state governments of land by forgery, perjury, falsification of records, bribery and intimidation of witnesses and officers of the courts, and obstructing free passages over public lands.

The Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands’ Congress enacted the Railroad Land Grant Forfeiture Act, which reclaimed another million acres, but that was only a fraction of the 50 million acres in granted lands the Populist Party sought to reacquire in 7.

The Oregon and California Railroad Land Grant, David Maldwyn Ellis* The land grant received by the Oregon and California Railroad Company has probably stirred up more controversy over a longer period of time than any other land grant - always excepting the gigantic grant to the Northern Pacific Railway.

Three distinct dis-putes stand out. Oregon and California railroad grant lands: hearing before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Eighty-third Congress, second session, on S.

a bill relating to the administrative jurisdiction of certain public lands in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes, May 4, At the time the answer was filed there remained unsold of the granted lands 2, acres, of which 2, acres were theretofore patented to the Oregon & California Railroad Company under the land grants andthereof at that time remained unpatented, all of which unsold lands are claimed by the railroad company under and by.

the United States in a special fund to be designated " The Oregon and Califor- nia land-grant fund/* which fund shall be disposed of in the following manner: The Commissioner of the General Land Office shall ascertain as soon as may be the exact number of acres of said lands granted to the Oregon and California Railroad Company which said.

Oregon & California Railroad for the forfeiture of its unsold lands. At the culmination of a seven-year legal battle, the 2Richard). Orsi, Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Devel­ opment of the American West, (Berkeley, CA, ), xiv-xv.

3!bid., xvii. 4See, e.g., David Maldwyn Ellis, "The Oregon and California. The Oregon and California Lands Act, heralded as a forward-looking conservation measure when it became law inhas been mired in controversy for most of its existence.

The origins of the O&C lands are rooted in the Pacific Railway Act of and its successors, measures that empowered Congress to provide subsidies in land and low-cost loans for railroad construction.

The Oregon Company filed its map of definite location inand it was accepted by the Land Department. By the Act of Septem26 Stat.c.all lands theretofore granted to any state or corporation to aid in the construction of a railroad opposite to. The Oregon and California Railroad (O&C) was the first railroad to connect Oregon with California.

Construction of the line began in Portland during the spring of Under the leadership of transportation tycoon Ben Holladay, railroad workers, many of them Chinese, extended tracks to Oregon City into Salem inand to Roseburg in After a. Oregon and California Railroad Land Grant Management OSWALD WEST nation's natural resources.

Millions of acres of forest and field were granted to aid enterprises-good and bad-in the name of internal improvements.

Cries for canals, wagon roads was about to file a forfeiture suit on behalf of the United States. The Oregon and California Railroad (O&C) lands consist of million acres of timberland in western Oregon.

The majority of these lands ( million acres) were originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad Company in for constructing approximately miles of the Oregon portion of a railroad from Portland, OR, to Sacramento, CA.

“, acres of the granted lands were sold by the Oregon & California Railroad Company prior tonearly all of which were sold to actual settlers, in small quantities, although in a few instances the quantities exceeded acres to one purchaser and the prices were slightly in excess of $ an acre.

And so of the title of the act of Janu That title is: "An act to declare forfeiture of certain lands granted to aid in the construction of a railroad in Oregon," and the granting act is referred to in the text by its title.

The Oregon and California Railroad was formed from the Oregon Central Railroad when it was the first to operate a mile stretch south of Portland in This qualified the railroad for land grants in California, whereupon the name of the railroad soon changed to Oregon & California Rail Road Company.

Inthe line was completed over Siskiyou Summit, and the Southern Locale: Portland, Oregon via California. land is now known as the Oregon and California lands (“O&C lands”) and has been the source of continuous controversy for at least the past quarter-century 7 See id.

at 8; David Maldwyn Ellis et al., Comments on “The Railroad Land Grant Legend in American History Texts,” 32 Miss. Valley Hist. Rev. () (comment by David. As used in ORS (Definitions for ORS to ) to (Effect of seller’s foreclosure or other action on interest, lien or claim), unless the context requires otherwise: (1) “Contract for transfer or conveyance of an interest in real property” shall not include earnest money or preliminary sales agreements, options or rights of first refusal.

the forfeiture, and the debate rhich followed was participated in by Rep-resentative George and others, c At theclose of Mr. Cobb'sspeech, Representative Lore, of Delaware got the floor. He said: Mr. Speaker: On May 4,the congress of the United States grant-ed to the Oregon Central Railroad Company public lauds in the sin to of Oregon.

Oregon & California (O&C) Railroad Land payments return a large proportion of federal timber receipts to eighteen counties in western Oregon.

InCongress passed the Oregon & California Railroad Act (PL ), granting 6 million acres of checkerboarded land to two companies charged with building a road from Portland, Oregon to Marysville. United States v. California & Oregon Land Co., U.S. () United States v.

California & Oregon Land Company. Nos. Argued Ma 17, Reargued December 9, 10, Reargued JanuaryDecided February 1, U.S.

APPEALS FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON Syllabus.Among the largest of Congress’ railroad grants was a grant made to the Oregon & California Railroad (O&C R.R.) in to build a line from Portland to San Francisco.

The grant specified that failure to follow the terms of the grant would result in reversion of the granted lands to the United States government.Oregon and California Railroad, Engine and tunnel #1, cow Creek Canyon. the Bureau of Land Management sinceseeks to accomplish several goals. Eighteen western Oregon counties holding O&C lands have benefited from this public trust.

is the fiftieth anniversary of the O&C Act of Augand the one hundredth.