1861 Report: Mullan Road Workforce and Supplies Required to Complete the Mullan Road. John Mullan to A. A. Humphreys, October 25, 1869 (p.70-71)

Compiled by Marc Entze

 

 

Position                                                            Monthly Wages

2 engineers in charge of parties                                    $125

1 physician                                                                    $125

1 wagon master                                                            $125

1 clerk/commissary in charge of property                     $125

1 blacksmith                                                                        $75

2 carpenters                                                                        $50

12 teamsters                                                                        $50

4 cooks                                                                        $50

35 laborers                                                                        $50

“hire of extra duty men”                                                $500
                                                                                   ---------
                                                                                    $4,000 total monthly expense

 

Equipment                                                                        Value

3,000 rations                                                                        $1,050 (35 cents each)

6 wagons and rigging                                                            $2,000

60 yoke of oxen                                                            $7,200 ($120 each)

70 yokes and cows                                                            $500

Chains &c.                                                                        $300

Tools: axes, picks, shovels, blasting,
carpenters’and blacksmith’s tools, nails,
spikes and iron crow bars, &c.                                    $2,000

Camp equipage, cooking utensils &c.                                    $500

Express, ferriage at Snake River, transportation            $1,500

Contingent and incidental expenses                                    $500

 

Miscellaneous notes

- 60,000 cubic yards of excavation work completed during season, 40,000 of which was   done on the divide of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains (p.171).

- Approximately 100 crossings, average length of bridges 50-feet (p.171).