Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988

Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988

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Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer Dust Jacket 1988
 
The Great Northern Railway A History by Hidy, Scott & Hofsommer
Hard cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1988 360 pages Indexed
PART I 1856 TO 1916
1 The First Ten Miles 2
2 Frustrated by Finance 5
The Branch Line Comes First 5 iMain Line West 9
3 Growing Pains 11
Settlers for the Land14
Freight Traffic16
4 Northern Pacific Interlude 18 Completing the Main Line 20 The St. Vincent Extension 22
5 Legislation and Litigation 25 Conflict in Hard Times 25 Laws and Lawsuits 26
6 The Associates Gain Control 28 Negotiating a Bond Purchase 28 Completing Rail Links 31 Eliminating Potential
Competition 32
Tag Ends of a Long-Tailed
Kite 34
7 The Manitoba 36
Men and Organization 36 Construction and Relations with Other Railroads 39
Terminals in the Twin Cities 45 Financial Management 46
8 Consolidations and
Adjustments 49
The Canadian Pacific 49 Strengthening Credit 51
5 Locals, Limiteds, and Liners 121 Expansion and Improvements 121 Of Things Nautical 121 Advertising, Glacier Park, and
Rocky 124
Express, Mail, and Silk125
Pricing the Service126
16 Corporate Structure and
Finance 130
Early Experience 130 Consolidating Properties133
Finances of a Maturing
Railroad135
17 "Leading the Band" 136 Basic Principles136
Union-Management Relations,
1883-1893137
The ARU Strike and Its
Aftermath 139
Toward Parity with Competitors,
1900-1916143

Less than forty years after the first Minnesota territory railroad franchises were granted in the mid-1850s. a new transcontinental line, the Pacific Extension of the Great Northern Railway, brought the "steamcar civilization" to a sprawling region from the upper Mississippi Valley to Puget Sound. The eventual proliferation of trains so changed the complexion of the Northwest that a Seattle Chamber of Commerce official was moved to proclaim, "Every rail is the pathway to prosperity. Blest be the tic that binds our hearts and towns with business love."
THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY details the history of this major entrepreneurial enterprise from 1856, when its earliest predecessor received charter authority, to 1970, when the 8,000-mile Great Northern became an integral part of the massive Burlington Northern. Tracing the development of the Great Northern Railway through to its maturation, this book highlights the changes brought on by new economic, political, social, and technological advances.
The first part of THE GREAT NORTHERN
RAILWAY chronicles the railroad's growth throughout the Northwest, stressing especially the work of James Jerome Hill, a former freight forwarder who, with his "associates," turned a small regional company into an important transcontinental operation. The authors examine the railway's early strategies and philosophy, relations with employees, and vigorous campaigns to develop the service area.
In Part Two the authors offer an assessment of the years 1916 to 1970-a period of dramatic transition for the Great Northern and for the railroad industry at large: two world wars and a depression, increasing competition from alternative methods of transportation, rising labor costs and stronger unions, tighter government restrictions, and problems attendant to a mature property. The book closes with the merger, in 1970, of the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific along with jointly held roads to form the Burlington Northern-an almost ten-year battle, decided finally by the Supreme Court.
Informative, meticulously researched, and handsomely illustrated, THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY is a vibrant blend of business, railroad. and regional history reflecting America's heritage.

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