UP Gains Access to Los Angeles
A rail link from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles was highly prized in the late 19th century. Union Pacific owner E.H. Harriman and U.S. Senator William A. Clark of Montana, owner of the SPLA&SL, engaged in a head-to-head battle for rights to build in the Las Vegas Valley. Both railroads built lines west from Utah. Finally, they reached a deal: Clark could operate his railroad on UP’s lines; in return, UP received a 50 percent share in The Pedro. Crews completed construction of the rest of the route, and the Salt Lake-Los Angeles line opened on May 1, 1905.