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Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad

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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.

About the Author

Patrick F. McManus has written twelve books and two plays. There are nearly two million copies of his books in print, including his bestselling "They Shoot Canoes Don't They?"; "The Night The Bear Ate Goombaw"; and "A Fine and Pleasant Mystery," He divides his time between Spokane, Washington, and Idaho.

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ISBN:
9781400117680
Author:
Borneman, Walter R.
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Narrated by:
Dietz, Norman
Author:
Dietz, Norman
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.30 x 6.40 x 1.10 in

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Transportation » Railroads » North America

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