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A journey into Florida railroad history

Author: Gregg M Turner
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2008.
Series: Florida history and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A little-known yet fascinating chapter of Florida history "An outstanding work."--Seth Bramson, author of Speedway to Sunshine: The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway "A thorough and engaging look at Florida's railroad history, especially the formative pre-1900 decades."--Larry Goolsby, author of Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Service: The Postwar Years.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregg M Turner
ISBN: 9780813032337 0813032334 9780813041940 0813041945
OCLC Number: 184906141
Awards: Commended for Florida Book Award (Florida Nonfiction) 2008
Description: xii, 283 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. A railway primer --
2. Panhandle pioneers --
3. Government lends a hand --
4. The agonies of war, reconstruction, and fraud --
5. An extraordinary quartet --
6. Regulation, system builders, and federal control --
7. Vignettes --
8. The glorious 1920s --
9. Pursuing traffic --
10 Today's players --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Florida history and culture series.
Responsibility: Gregg M. Turner ; foreword by Raymond Arsenault and Gary R. Mormino.
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