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Rival rails: the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad 1 edition

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"After the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the rest of the country was up for grabs, and the race was on. The prize: a better, shorter, less snowy route through the corridors of the American Southwest, linking Los Angeles to Chicago. In Rival Rails, Borneman lays out in compelling detail the sectional rivalries, contested routes, political posturing, and ambitious business dealings that unfolded as an increasing number of lines pushed their way across the country" --Cover, p. 2.

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Rival rails
the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad
1st ed.
Walter R. Borneman.

Published 2010 by Random House in New York .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Opening gambits (1853-1874)
Lines upon the map
Learning the rails
An interruption of war
Transcontinental by any name
The Santa Fe joins the fray
Straight west from Denver
"Why is it we have so many bitter enemies?"
Contested empire (1874-1889)
Showdown at Yuma
Impasse at Raton
Battle royal for the gorge
Handshake at Deming
West across Texas
Transcontinental at last
Battling for California
Gould again
To the halls of Montezuma
California for a dollar
Santa Fe all the way (1889-1909)
Making the markets
Canyon dreams and schemes
The boom goes bust
Still west from Denver
Top of the heap
Dueling streamliners.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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Library of Congress
HE2751 .B67 2010

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xxiii, 406 p.
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November 5, 2010 Edited by Added new cover
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