History of the Illinois Railroad to 1870 by Howard Gray Brownson HC 1915

History of the Illinois Railroad to 1870 by Howard Gray Brownson HC 1915

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History of the Illinois Railroad to 1870 by Howard Gray Brownson HC 1915
 
History of the Illinois Railroad to 1870 by Howard Gray Brownson HC 1915
Hard Cover
Copyright 1915
182 Pages
INTRODUCTION.
The following study was submitted in 1909 as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctor's degree of the Graduate School of the University of Illinois. Since that date the "University of Illinois Studies in the Social Sciences" have been established as a medium of publication for monographs prepared by members of the faculty or graduate students, and it seemed desirable that Dr. Brownson's History of the Illinois Central to 1870 should be included in this series. The study was originally planned on a more ambitious scale as a complete history of this important railroad system, and the choice now presented itself of asking the author to carry out his first intention or of printing the thesis as it was submitted. The latter alternative was preferred as the history of the first twenty years covered fully the early development of the charter lines and was of sufficient interest and value to justify publication without further delay. When the work was edited for publication, however, it was found necessary to omit some of the matter included in the thesis as originally submitted and also to make some textual changes, both of which have been approved by the author. Among the items omitted may be mentioned an elaborate series of traffic charts prepared in connection with chapter V, of financial charts and tables for chapter VI, David A. Neal's Report on Traffic, and the correspondence of Breese and Douglas relative to the claims made by each for the credit of the land grant. These may all be found in the original thesis, which is on file in the University Library.
CONTENTS.
CHAPTERPAGE
I Illinois in 1850 9
II The Land Grant and Charter 17
III Construction of the Charter Lines 40
IV Construction and Development, 1857 to 1870 64
V Traffic, 1857 to 1870 74
IV Finances of Construction and Operation, 1851 to 1870 116
VII Conclusion 157
Appendix 165
Bibliography 169
Index 175

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