Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ
Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ
Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ
Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ

Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ

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Going Places Transportation redefines the 20th century West by Schwantes w/DJ
 
Going Places Transportation redefines the twentieth-century west by Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes
Hard cover with dust jacket 419 pages
Copyright 2003

CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue: The View from 29,000 Feet and Below 1  Transportation Corridors Transform the West
2  When Railroads Ruled
3  Copper Connections and the Last Transcontinental Railroad
4  Roads Stretching from Farm to Market, but Seldom Beyond
5  The Emergence of New Corridors of Power
6  The Twentieth-Century Transportation Revolution
7  The New Overland Route
8  Hard Choices for Hard Times 9  Is This Trip Necessary? The Impact of World War II 10  Auto Euphoria and Other Postwar Enthusiasms 11  The Sky's the Limit 12  Reinventing the Railroads Conclusion: The Space of Place
Notes Sources of Images Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading Index

It seems difficult even to imagine the modern West without reference to its planes, trains, and automobiles. Freeways define modern Los Angeles, as Route 66 still recalls the freedom of the open road. Seattle, long home to Boeing, gave birth to jetliners such as the 707. And once trains with glamorous names like The Sunset Limited and The Great Northern Flyer carried passengers in posh luxury through the grand vistas of the West. Railways, highways, and skyways link landscapes both ordinary and sublime for tourists in search of scenic splendor, notes Carlos Schwantes, while those same corridors often leaven despair with opportunity for those who dream that the mobility brought by car, train, and plane will help them find better jobs or escape from their pasts.
Going Places looks at the three major ways in which transportation has shaped the great Western landscape. There are the transformations brought about by a railroad right-of-way, highway corridors, waterways, and airports; and the larger impacts of transportation on the landscape, such as the development that followed the iron rails westward. Finally, Schwantes considers how travelers experience the passing landscape as framed by the windows of automobiles, passenger trains, and jetliners, and what that may mean. He examines the various interconnections between railroad, highway, aviation, and waterways history, and between society and modes of transportation. This masterful narrative travels the length and breadth of a vast space, with marvelous anecdotes and telling details that bring the story to life. Nearly 100 carefully selected photographs add to the reader's enjoyment.

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