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The Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad : an empire in the making, 1862-1879

Author: A J Veenendaal
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1999.
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"Beginning in 1862 as a small carrier connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis with outlying towns, the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad became the foundation of the vast rail system that would open the entire Northwest." "Written by leading railroad historian Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr., this book examines the growth of the fledgling Saint Paul & Pacific as it struggled to lay track, meet the schedule, and make the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A J Veenendaal
ISBN: 0875802524 9780875802527
OCLC Number: 41002852
Description: viii, 178 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: 1. Early Minnesota --
2. The First Railroads --
3. The Minnesota & Pacific Railroad Company --
4. The Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad Company --
5. Finances --
6. Dutch Interests in Minnesota --
7. Traffic and Operations --
8. Management and Staff --
9. Accidents --
10. Locomotives --
11. Default and Reorganization --
12. The Sale of the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad --
13. The Saint Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railroad.
Other Titles: Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad
Responsibility: Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr.

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This history examines the growth of the fledgling company as it struggled to lay track, meet schedules and pay wages. The author reveals the importance of foreign investment in the growth of American  Read more...

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"Fascinating.... Leading railroad historian Augustus J. Veenendaal examines one of America's most significant pioneer pikes. The Saint Paul & Pacific typifies early roads, especially those firms that Read more...

 
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