Rival Rails

Rival Rails

The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad

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"After the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the rest of the country was up for grabs, and the race was on. The prize: a better, shorter, less snowy route through the corridors of the American Southwest, linking Los Angeles to Chicago. In Rival Rails, Borneman lays out in compelling detail the sectional rivalries, contested routes, political posturing, and ambitious business dealings that unfolded as an increasing number of lines pushed their way across the country" --Cover, p. 2.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400065615
Branch Call Number: 385.0973 B736
385.0973 Borneman
385.0973 Borneman
Characteristics: xxiii, 406 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 01, 2014

Very well researched and footnoted work. But it is very difficult to read as a story.

Originally conceived as a project to connect the East and West of the country with a single railroad, it morphed into an arterial branching that covered the West and created enormous fortunes. It was the Interstate Highway of the 19th century.

I would recommend it to a researcher or railroad history fan. There is a list of the railroads and railroaders at the beginning that may help in understanding the grand picture of things.


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