Title: The Pacific Coast Company: Ships and Narrow ...
Publisher: Signature Press
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
The Pacific Coast Company: Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails by Gerald M. Best. The Pacific Coast Company was a fascinating rail-marine operation which served the West Coast from San Diego to Alaska. It's rail components were both narrow gauge and, later, standard gauge railroads, and from its inception in the late eighteenth century, it was an important factor in the growth of California and the West. The earliest part of the system began as a horse-drawn rail line near San Luis Obispo, from which a full-fledged narrow-gauge railroad developed. Complementing the railroad was a fleet of the coastwise steamers which dominated California's north-south transportation in the 19th century. Another horse-drawn railroad was in San Diego, and a third rail operation was at Seattle, consolidating a group of small railroads. Later it became a gateway to the city for Northern Pacific, the Milwaukee Road, and Union Pacific, as well as connecting with the company's steamships. The Seattle line, last survivor of the Pacific Coast Co., was finally absorbed into the Great Northern Railway in 1965. This flourishing and extensive transportation empire reached its zenith in 1915, with rail feeders for a fleet of 78 steamships ranging along the California coast and serving Alaska as well. The book contains numerous historic and rare photographs, as well as roster information on the equipment of both rail and ship operations. Out-of-Print since 1983, the first edition of this book has become difficult to find from used book dealers, so its return to print is welcome. Careful printing and use of the original page negatives has permitted an edition of quality equal to or better than the original. The story is well written and extensively researched. Its a readable and informative tour through some intriguing Western history. Table of Contents: Foreword; Important Dates in the Pacific Coast Company Story. Part I: Development of the Pacific Coast Railway; A: John Harford's Horse Railroad; B: The Steam Railroad to San Luis Obispo; C: Expansion; D: Pacific Coast Railway; E: The Oil Wells Came to Santa Maria; F: Competition and the Declining Years; G: Liquidation; H: The Hazards of Narrow Gauge Railroading; I: The Locomotives and Rolling Stock of the Pacific Coast Railway. Part II. The Steamships; J: The Pacific Coast Steamship Company; K: List of Steamships,1867-1916; L: The Pacific Coast S.S. Company's Railroad at San Diego. Part III. The Pacific Coast Company in Washington; M: The Railroads; N: The Locomotives and the Rolling Stock. Signature Press, hardcover with jacket, 154 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .75 in., 10 maps, 193 Black & White photographs. Bookseller Inventory # sp115
Synopsis: The Pacific Coast Company was a fascinating rail-marine operation which served the West Coast from San Diego to Alaska. Its rail components were both narrow gauge and, later, standard gauge railroads, and from its inception in the 19th century, it was an important factor in the growth of California and the West. In addition to railroads in San Luis Obispo and San Diego, a third line was at Seattle. The story is well written and extensively researched, a readable and informative tour through some intriguing Western history.
From the Publisher: Out of print since 1983, the first edition of this book has become difficult to find from used book dealers, so its return to print is welcome.
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