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When the railroad leaves town : American communities in the age of rail line abandonment : Western United States

Author: Joseph P Schwieterman
Publisher: Kirksville, Mo. : Truman State University Press, 2004.
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This book tells the story of closing rail lines from historic junctions, aging industrial centers, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph P Schwieterman
ISBN: 1931112134 9781931112130 9781931112147 1931112142
OCLC Number: 56968524
Description: xxxii, 333 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Responsibility: Joseph P. Schwieterman ; foreword by John R. Stilgoe.

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This book tells the story of closing rail lines from historic junctions, aging industrial centers, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment. Rail line abandonment claimed more than half of U.S. rail route mileage during the past 50 years and is accompanied by controversial and unexpected developments--events affecting communities years after the last train departed. This book is a concise narrative, with contrasting photos of local train stations in their prime and after abandonment.

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