High Road to Promontory Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra DJ

High Road to Promontory Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra DJ

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High Road to Promontory Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra DJ
 
High Road to Promontory Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra DJ
By George Kraus
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1969
317 Pages
DAMAGE TO TOP OF THE SPINE - SEE PHOTOS
This is the dramatic, fascinating story of the Central Pacific's epic struggle to lay rails across the fearsome wall of the Sierra Nevada and the arid caches of the desert in the face of nearly every natural and man-made obstacle that could be iced-and conquered. "It can't be done," said the skeptics of a century ago, but with the exercise of vision, money and engineering muscle, determined railroad men tied the Atlantic to the Pacific with ands of steel that opened the West and forever hanged its history.
Table of Contents
Foreword7
An Isolated Land13
Judah Surveys the Sierra and the
Central Pacific is Organized: 186132
Pacific Railroad Bill: 186240
Harnessing the Elephant: 186250
The Muscle, the Gold, and the -Iron: 186358
Abraham's Faith: 186480
Construction Moves into High Gear: 1865100
Sailing Ships, Prosperity, and
Pacific Railroad Punch: 1866124
The CP Digs In: Winter, 1866-67144
Rails to the Summit: 1867158
An Interlude of Expansion: 1867168
Forty Feet of Snow: Winter, 1867-68182
Heaven Before and Hell Behind: 1868190
Dash to Promontory: 1869228
A Golden Spike and
A Silver-Headed Hammer: May 10, 1869262
Epilogue289
Appendices292
Index313

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