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Railroad signatures across the Pacific Northwest

Author: Carlos A Schwantes
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Demonstrates that the railroads profoundly affected the way people lived, how they adjusted to the new opportunities or threats that swift and cheap transportation provided. In short, how they viewed the world.This book is for everyone fascinated by trains and their nineteenth-century opening of the great Northwest. With cases of pictures never before published this book tracks the stories of families lured to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carlos A Schwantes
ISBN: 0295972106 9780295972107
OCLC Number: 27266208
Description: 359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 27 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: Railroad time and space in the new Northwest --
pt. I. Signatures in steel: the first railway age, 1868-1893. Portages by rail ; Henry Villard and the empire of the Columbia ; Shapers of the new Northwest ; Traveling too fast: adjustments to railroad power ; The railway landscape --
pt. II. Northwest passages: the second railway age, 1897-1917. New beginnings for a new century ; Fiefdom and baronies: Harriman and Hill redraw the railroad map ; The promise of electric motive power ; Twentieth-century empire builders ; Selling the great Northwest ; Wonderlands: railroad tourism ; The golden age of passenger train travel --
pt. III. The age of competition, 1917 to 1990s. New competition ; An industry in trouble ; Response: the streamliner era ; Strange new world: war and a troubled peace ; A changing signature --
Epilogue: Pacific Northwest railroads in perspective.
Responsibility: Carlos A. Schwantes.

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Demonstrates that the railroads profoundly affected the way people lived, how they adjusted to the new opportunities or threats that swift and cheap transportation provided. In short, how they viewed the world.This book is for everyone fascinated by trains and their nineteenth-century opening of the great Northwest. With cases of pictures never before published this book tracks the stories of families lured to settle in the west, revelations about railroad buccaneers, and breathtaking engineering feats of bridges over daunting gorges - Gene Shalit, The Today Show, NBC.

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