When the placer mines were exhausted, Folsom declined in importance, and the railroad lost its principal source of revenue.
After Judah had left the road, it was extended northward along the base of the mountains as far as Lincoln.
The railroad was completed to Folsom early in February, 1856, at which time Judah left its service.
For the next three years Judah was engaged on several other projects, one of which was with the San Francisco and Sacramento Railroad as chief engineer.
Judah's first work was with the early Schenectady and Troy Railroad under W. For a time he was employed on a section of the Erie Canal and also helped erect a large bridge at Vergennes, Vermont.
The Niagara Gorge Railroad from Niagara to Lewiston, at that time considered a remarkable feat of engineering, was built under his charge.
Judah, who rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Civil War, and Charles D.
Judah, who went to California in 1849 and became a member of the firm of Hackett and Judah. Judah was destined for the Navy, but he turned to engineering and was graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy. This was the era of railroad building and Judah found work on several of the short railroads of that period, notably with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and the Connecticut River Railroad.
It is probable that Judah locked horns with Robinson about the character of the work, because they became enemies and in later years Robinson tried to place obstacles in the way of Judah and the work with which lie was connected.THEODORE DEHONE JUDAH On the green lawn in front of the station building of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the city of Sacramento, the capitol of California, stands one of the few monuments erected in America to the memory of an engineer.Fittingly, the monument is made of massive granite boulders from the high Sierra Nevada, the snowy summits of which can be seen from the capital city on a clear day.The history of the Central Pacific Railroad begins with Judah, and in the years before his early death that history was largely involved with his efforts in business and legislative matters as well as with the expected engineering problems.Theodore Dehone Judah was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on March 4, 1826, and he died in New York, November 2, 1863, at thirty-seven years of age.