Union Pacific: Volume I, 1862-1893by Maury Klein
The Union Pacific Railroad is renowned as America’s first transcontinental railroad and is one of the strongest companies in the railroad industry today. The laying of the golden spike in Promontory, Utah, in 1869 marked not only the opening of the continent to settlement but also the transformation of the United States from an agricultural nation to an
The Union Pacific Railroad is renowned as America’s first transcontinental railroad and is one of the strongest companies in the railroad industry today. The laying of the golden spike in Promontory, Utah, in 1869 marked not only the opening of the continent to settlement but also the transformation of the United States from an agricultural nation to an industrial one.Maury Klein, America’s foremost railroad historian, re-creates the powerful personalities and dramatic events that led to the construction of this legendary railroad. Fully illustrated with over one hundred historic photographs and maps, Union Pacific details the feat of engineering and human strength that conquered the terrain of the desert and mountains and also the colorful wheelings and dealings that were waged in executive boardrooms in New York and Boston and in the chambers of Congress as dreamers and scoundrels, politicians and patriots forged a pioneering enterprise in transportation. Maury Klein is professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Life and Legend of Jay Gould.
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The weighty two-volume set covering the history of the Union Pacific won't be for every general collection ¿ but it will be a `must' for any serious transportation history holding and particularly for any collection solid in railroad history. Union Pacific: Volume 1 covers the period from 1862-1893, chronicling the surveys, falling outs, standoffs, and interrelationships which faced struggle to build up the Union Pacific dream. Vintage black and white photos liberally pepper a dramatic account of obstacles and achievements alike: it's amazing the Union Pacific got off the ground and grew, given its many hurdles detailed here. Union Pacific: Volume II covers 1894-1969, after the financial panic of 1893, which pushed it to the edges of bankruptcy. Here the focus is on changing rules, regulations, and transportation needs and methods of Americans. Chapters document takeovers, government subsidy, and the individuals who fostered railroad changes. Don't separate these volumes for a collection: together they form a thorough coverage, and should not be split up.