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Historic Fresno
"Alexander Culbertson Swartz was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1846. He studied at the University of Illinois, where he received a degree in civil engineering in 1873. He remained at the university until 1877, teaching architecture and mathematics. In 1877 Swartz joined the engineering department of the Santa Fe Railroad to survey railroad construction in Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. In 1890 he moved to California to survey Pacheco Pass for a railroad route. The project ended when the railroad developer who had hired him suddenly died. Swartz returned to Fresno, where his family had been living, and opened up an office as an architect and a civil engineer."
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