First edition of this oft-reprinted classic which provides a detailed and scholarly history of the railroads west of the Mississippi from the beginning of their construction. Covers the financial, engineering and political aspects in an impartial and engaging fashion, including discussions of state and local aid, federal aid, military use of railroads, completion of the northern and southern transcontinental routes, development of modern equipment, the effect of the Panic of 1873, the roles of men such as Jay Gould and E. H. Harriman, issues of labor supply and union organization, western settlement, and the rise of regulation and the ICC. With extensive bibliography. 345 pages with index.
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