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

Author: Richard J Orsi
Publisher: Berkley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The only major US railroad built from west to east, the Southern Pacific played a major role in the shaping of the West & the development of southern California in particular. 'Sunset Limited' explores the corporate strategy over time to reveal how the company saw its place in the world.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Orsi, Richard J.
Sunset limited.
Berkley : University of California Press, ©2005
(DLC) 2004008782
(OCoLC)55055386
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Orsi
ISBN: 9780520940864 0520940865 1423700074 9781423700074 0520200195 9780520200197 1598755404 9781598755404
OCLC Number: 60572803
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Awards: Commended for Spur Awards (Historical) 2006
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 615 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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