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HISTORY OF THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILWAY.

Bryant, Keith L. Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0025179209 / ISBN 13: 9780025179202
Published by Macmillan (1974), New York, 1974
Condition: Book and dw fine condition Hardcover
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Title: HISTORY OF THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE...

Publisher: Macmillan (1974), New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Book and dw fine condition

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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In 1859, Cyrus K. Holliday envisioned a railroad that would run from Kansas to the Pacific, increasing the commerce and prosperity of the nation. With farsighted investors and shrewd management, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad grew from Holliday's idea into a model of the modern, rapid, and efficient railroad.

There were many growing pains. Rustlers, thieves, and desperadoes were as thick as the cattle in Kansas when the first rails were laid. When a conductor, toting a pistol, asked a grizzled prospector where he was heading, the old man replied, "Hell." "That's 65¢ and get off at Dodge," the weary conductor declared.

Once built with rails from Wales laid on ties of oak and walnut, the railroad survived the economic and climatic hardships of the late nineteenth century, and eventually extended from Chicago to San Francisco, with over 12,000 miles of track and substantial holdings in oil fields, timber land, uranium mines, pipe lines, and real estate.

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Keith L. Bryant, Jr., is a professor of history at the University of Akron. He has published on labor and entrepreneurial history, the Gilded Age, and the history of the South.

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