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Records of the Committee on the Salting of Railroad Tracks

Identifier: CPP 10/023-01

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter from James Lynd of the Special Committee of the City Select Council, referring the question of salting railroad tracks to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; R, E, Rogers' statement to Caspar Morris, attesting to the salubrious effects of salt in the atmosphere; and a printed pamphlet, compiling all documentation on the question, including the report of the College committee.


  • 1862


Biographical / Historical

On 4 February 1862, a special committee appointed by the Select and Common Councils of Philadelphia to investigate any hazard to public health from salting railroad tracks to remove ice and snow referred the question to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the City Board of Health. At a meeting of the College on 19 February, Franklin Bache, D, Francis Condie, J, M, Dacosta, Edward Hartshorne, and Caspar Morris as chairman, were appointed to investigate the question. The committee made its report to the College on 5 March 1862 and submitted related statements by Wilson Jewell and R, E, Rogers. The committee concluded that salting railway tracks had no adverse effects on public health and recommended improved drainage during periods of thaw.


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Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown. It was processed and catalogued in 1991.
Records of the Committee on the Salting of Railroad Tracks
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States