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Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869

Author: Stephen E Ambrose
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2000.
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The account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad-the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Ambrose
ISBN: 0684846098 9780684846095 0743203178 9780743203173 0743204301 9780743204309
OCLC Number: 44089273
Description: 431 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Picking the route 1830-1860 --
Getting to California 1848-1859 --
Birth of the Central Pacific 1860-1862 --
Birth of the Union Pacific 1862-1864 --
Judah and the elephant 1862-1864 --
Laying out the Union Pacific line 1864-1865 --
Central Pacific attacks the Sierra Nevada 1865 --
Union Pacific across Nebraska 1866 --
Central Pacific assaults the Sierra 1866 --
Union Pacific to the Rocky Mountains 1867 --
Central Pacific penetrates the summit 1867 --
Union Pacific across Wyoming 1868 --
Brigham Young and the Mormons make the grade 1868 --
Central Pacific goes through Nevada 1868 --
Railroads race into Utah January 1-April 10, 1869 --
To the summit April 11-May 7, 1869 --
Done May 8-10, 1869.
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