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San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake RR


Construction of the railway line between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, via Las Vegas, began in 1901 with the formation of the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad Company by prominent Senator Williams Andrews Clark. In 1902 half of the railroad's stock was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad, which was looking for an outlet to the California coast from its terminus in Ogden, Utah.

The line opened for business on 1 May 1905. In August 1916 the company shortened its name to the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. In 1921 the Union Pacific RR bought the remainder of the railroad's stock from Senator Clark, although it continued to use the LA & SL RR name until December 1987.

The SP,LASL, and later LASL, operated all UP lines south and west of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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