Tracks to the Sea: Galveston and Western Railroad Development, 1866-1900 / Edition 1

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College Station 1999 Cloth 1st ed. New/New in New jacket New book. First edition stated. 158 pages. Good history of the golden era of railway development and Galveston's rise to ... prominence. Covers creation of Houston and Great Northern, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe; the Houston and Texas Central and others Much on Jay Gould and his rivalries with George Sealy and Collis Huntington. A few b/w photos, notes, index and bibliography. ZSBH 19489. Read more Show Less

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The Industrial Revolution rode into Texas on the railroads. The entire state witnessed the political and economic climate change as the tracks were laid, creating urban centers and even a new governmental body, the Texas Railroad Commission. At the same time, Galveston was a city on a mission to become the primary seaport for the Great West. Together, the corporate strategy of the railroads and the city's own desire for greatness paved the way for Galveston's growth and transformation into a focal point of Texas railroad ventures.

In Tracks to the Sea: Galveston and Western Rail Development, 1866–1900, Earle B. Young traces the efforts of "railroad generals" Jay Gould and Collis Huntington to control Texas' railroad ventures, as well as the struggles of the new railroads built during this era, such as the Houston and Great Northern, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, and the Houston and Texas Central. Young also examines the men behind the rails, and the goals and rivalries which shaped the routes and profits of Texas railroads, especially Galveston's George Sealy in his battle with New York's Gould for the route to the thriving seaport and Gould's competition with Huntington over who would dominate the southwestern lines.

By the end of the nineteenth century, these railroad builders had brought Galveston to a position of national prominence as a transportation center. In combination with the

ships calling at Galveston's new deep water harbor, the railroads provided connections for all of the western states with markets around the world.

Young, using resources from the Rosenberg Library's Galveston History Center, the Kansas Historical Society, and the Library of Congress, devotes chapters to the bankruptcy and revival of Sealy's Galveston's Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway.

Tracks to the Sea is ideal for anyone interested in the history of Texas and Galveston, as well as the dreams, deals, and feuds that shaped the railroad industry of the 1800s.

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Earle B. Young, a native of Galveston, is a retired budget official at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He is the author of Galveston and the Great West, also published by Texas A&M University Press.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Planning Efforts for New Railroads 7
Ch. 2 Galveston's Own Railroad Emerges 26
Ch. 3 The Path into Bankruptcy - and Out 37
Ch. 4 The Rapidly Changing West 45
Ch. 5 Gould Eyes Galveston and the GC&SF 65
Ch. 6 Gould Stymied: First the Pool, Then the Sale 85
Ch. 7 Huntington Looks Eastward 101
Ch. 8 The Southern Pacific Comes to Galveston 110
Conclusion 123
Epilogue 129
Notes 131
Bibliography 145
Index 151
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