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Sunset limited : the Southern Pacific Railroad and the development of the American West, 1850-1930

Author: Richard J Orsi
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sunset Limited explores the railroad's development and influence - especially as it affected land settlement, agriculture, water policy, and the environment - and offers a new perspective on the tremendous, often surprising, role the company played in shaping the American West." "Based on his unprecedented and extensive research into the company's historical archives, Richard Orsi finds that, contrary to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Orsi, Richard J.
Sunset limited.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607593592
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Orsi
ISBN: 0520200195 9780520200197
OCLC Number: 55055386
Description: xxii, 615 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foundations: "These mountains look too ugly and I see too much work ahead": building the Southern Pacific Company, 1850/1930; Men of vision: Southern Pacific leaders, land, agriculture, and the development of California and the West --
Land settlement: "Stand on the rights of the Company and make a square fight of it": land-grant myths, conflicts with government, and squatterism; The Mussel Slough affair; A land of "well-tilled little farms": land-grant development; Promoting the far West: 1860s-1900s --
Water: "The satisfactory supply is yet undiscovered": the Southern Pacific as a pioneer water developer; "A great encouragement for others": private irrigation; "This splendid country is to be reclaimed": public irrigation; "The government is hard to deal with": federal reclamation --
Agriculture: "Evangel train": scientific agriculture; "The damndest railroading you ever heard of": marketing the produce of western farms --
Conservation: "Shall this destruction proceed?": wilderness preservation; "Putting our properties on the most conservative and scientific basis": resource conservation --
Epilogue --
A note on Southern Pacific Company manuscript sources.
Responsibility: Richard J. Orsi.
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The only major US railroad to be operated by westerners and the only railroad built from west to east, the Southern Pacific acquired a unique history and character. It also acquired a reputation,  Read more...

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"Sunset Limited will undoubtedly assume a prominent and enduring place among the essential histories of ... the American West."--American Studies Journal

 
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