Rival rails: the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad

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From wagon ruts to a railroad empire, an expansive account of the battle to control the heavily contested transportation corridors of the American Southwest and to build America's greatest transcontinental route.

The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients.

More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make—-or break—-the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.

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From wagon ruts to a railroad empire, an expansive account of the battle to control the heavily contested transportation corridors of the American Southwest and to build America's greatest transcontinental route.

The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients.

More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make—-or break—-the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.

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table_of_contents Opening gambits (1853-1874) -- Lines upon the map -- Learning the rails -- An interruption of war -- Transcontinental by any name -- The Santa Fe joins the fray -- Straight west from Denver -- "Why is it we have so many bitter enemies?" -- Contested empire (1874-1889) -- Showdown at Yuma -- Impasse at Raton -- Battle royal for the gorge -- Handshake at Deming -- West across Texas -- Transcontinental at last -- Battling for California -- Gould again -- To the halls of Montezuma -- California for a dollar -- Santa Fe all the way (1889-1909) -- Making the markets -- Canyon dreams and schemes -- The boom goes bust -- Still west from Denver -- Top of the heap -- Dueling streamliners.
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title Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad
title_display Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad
title_full Rival Rails The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad, Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad / Walter R. Borneman, Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad [electronic resource] / Walter R. Borneman
title_short Rival rails :
title_sort rival rails the race to build america's greatest transcontinental railroad
title_sub the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad
topic History, Nonfiction, Railroads United States History 19th century, Railroads United States History 20th century, Transportation / Railroads / History
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