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  • High Road to Promontory (Kraus)

Building the Central Pacific (Now the Southern Pacific) Across the High Sierra. This is the story of the conception and construction of the Central Pacific, the most difficult section by far of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. It is an epic tale, for the builders had no convenient pass such as the Rockies afforded the Union Pacific for its leg of the transcontinental line. Instead, they were confronted by the Sierra Nevada's seemingly impassible granite spires.  The story covers all aspects of the building: early attempts, route, government aid, famous personalities, Civil War influence, whether locomotives could go uphill (seriously), and Congress’ inability to act. In telling the story the author relies on lots of B&W pictures for illustration, some maps, and many, many primary source quotes from newspapers, letters, and reminiscences. 1969 American West Publishing. Hardcover with dw. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering. DW sunned. Corners bumped. Inside in good clean condition. Reading copy only. HF-74HZ-WRLA

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High Road to Promontory (Kraus)

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