Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover
Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover
Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover
Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover
Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover

Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover

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Fremont Elkhorn & Missouri Valley RR Co By David Seidel Signed Hard Cover
Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley R. R. Co. By David Seidel
Hard Cover
Copyright 1988 FIRST PRINTING
115 Pages
Signed By Author

In The Beginning
Out Of Fremont
Building West
North Western Takeover
To The Black Hills
Westward Out Of Chadron
Lines South Of The Platte Lincoln Hastings Superior
Over The Highline
To Omaha
To The Niobrara
Improvements On The Older Line
Organization Of The Railroad
Operations Of The Railroad
The Elkhorn People
Eulogy Of The Elkhorn

In The Beginning
The advance to the Pacific by the United States in the early 1800's came under the phrase of "Manifest Destiny." It began with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which gave to the United States the lands west of the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The area of the Oregon Territory was settled by many American trappers and traders and in 1818 the United States and England agreed to a joint occupation. By 1830 the western most settlement of the United States was Independence, Missouri, also in that year the railroads began to operate along the east coast and by 1836 over 1,000 miles of track were built. The Lewis and Clark exploration in 1843 brought many more Americans to Oregon and throughout the Midlands. Many Americans now thought that the Oregon Territory should come under the sole control of the United States. This, along with the Texas Annexation, became an item in the 1844 elections. In 1846 England drafted a proposal for the division of Oregon, with war against Mexico imminent, President Polk accepted the proposal. Within that year the war began and the United States soundly defeated the Mexicans with the resulting gain of lands in the southwest in 1848. The United States now controlled all the lands between the Mississippi and the Pacific, however, the area had very little population and no real future. This all changed when gold was discovered in California in 1849, the great westward movement had it's spark plug.
The northeast was becomming an industrial center and was gaining in population due in part to the growing railroad system. In 1852 New York and Chicago were linked by rail with the north having a good rail system. At this time the south remained an agriculture area with no real rail system. In Congress, calls were being made to aid in the building of a Pacific Rail system to join California with the rest of the country. The clouds of the Civil War were starting to gather and very little could be agreed on as to the route of a Pacific Railroad. Each side knew it would improve the standing and power of the area that would become the link to the west. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. The first railroad of record in this new Nebraska Territory was the "Dakota and Pacific Railroad." This company proposed to build from Dakota City to the Pacific. A few months later another railroad filed, the "Platte Valley, South Pass and Pacific Railroad." It proposed to build from the mouth of the Platte River westward along the North Platte River, through South Pass and on to the Pacific. Neither of the two companies could come up with the monies to undertake such a large construction project and with the beginning of the Civil War all westward rail plans were put on hold. The North saw the need of a Pacific Railroad as part of a plan to keep the Midlands in the Union. In 1862 the Homestead Act was passed to incite Americans to settle in the west and the Pacific Railroad Act to aid in the building of a railroad to California. The first Homestead was claimed in Nebraska near Beatrice that year; and on December 2, 1863, ground was broken in Omaha for the Union Pacific Railroad, however, construction was still two years away.

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