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Railroad 1869: Along the Historic Union Pacific

Eugene A. Miller

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ISBN 10: 0972851135 / ISBN 13: 9780972851138
Published by Antelope-Press, 2009
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Title: Railroad 1869: Along the Historic Union ...

Publisher: Antelope-Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Building the Union Pacific was a time for egos and opportunists, but their monumental effort helped span the continent.

Railroad 1869: Along the Historic Union Pacific is an insightful account of the railroad's construction years - years when they pushed westward from Omaha, racing to meet the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869.

There are first hand descriptions of terrifying Indian encounters from the diary of Arthur Ferguson, a young surveyor working for the railroad, and tales of the tumultuous life of the Frontier Index, the ''newspaper-on-wheels'' that followed the construction crews as they moved westward.

Photographs by Arundel C. Hull, William H. Jackson and others vividly portray the desolate plains and rugged Utah canyons, the colorful construction camps and short-lived towns along the way.

Readers can envision the relive the challenges and adventures facing the builders, the work trains, board front dance halls, whiskey palaces, and the lawlessness that was endemic.

Along with the action came elation as the Golden Spike was driven linking the east and west, the builder's 1094-mile epoch achievement.

About the Author:

Eugene Arundel Miller is the youngest grandson of Arundel C. Hull, one of the earliest photographers who followed along the route of the Union Pacific Railroad as they raced to build their part of the new transcontinental railroad.

The author inherited Hull's collection of photographs, and as a retired Civil Engineer he was especially interested in the challenge that faced the railroad constructors. With old photographs and maps in hand, he researched and retraced the 1094-mile long original route of the Union Pacific. Along the way he found countless stories of the builders and hangers-on and visited surviving towns and sites of long forgotten ghost towns. Those stories and an extensive outlay of historical photographs have been combined into Miller's Railroad 1869, Along the Historic Union Pacific and the companion book, A Traveler's Guide to Railroad 1869....

While writing Railroad 1869.... Miller made a literary detour to write a biography of Arundel C. Hull, Photographer of the Early West. That in turn led him to investigate the actual origin of many historic photographs resulting in his book Arundel C. Hull, Ghost Photographer for William H. Jackson.

Miller graduated from Colorado State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. His publications include numerous technical articles and several other historical non-fiction articles and books. Miller was raised in Nebraska and now resides in the San Francisco California bay area.

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