Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ

Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ

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Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young How Railroads shaped Chicago w/DJ
 
The Iron Horse and the Windy City by David M Young    How Railroads shaped Chicago
Hard Cover w/Dust jacket
270 pages
Copyright 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface vii
Introduction3
1 Before the Iron Horse6
2 Arrival of the Railroads20
3 Critical Mass35
4 Bypassing Chicago 49
5 Shaping Chicago 63
6 The Suburbs 77
7 Travelers and Terminals91
8 The Bottleneck 108
9 The Railroad Supply Industry123
10 Dominance, Reform, and Regulation 137
11 Railroad Crossings152
12 Decline and Decentralization169
13 Liquidation, Consolidation, and Diversification186
14 Redevelopment 202
Epilogue 220
Appendix A Suburban Population Growth, 1850-1900 223
Appendix B Suburban Population Growth, 1900-2000 227
Appendix C Railroad Disasters 231
Notes 237
Selected Bibliography255
Index 261
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
With the coming of railroads, upstart Chicago quickly became the Midwest's center for commerce and trade, overtaking its older rival, St. Louis. The first tracks to link the East Coast with the West ran through Chicago, and within a few decades the city grew to be the hub of an immense transportation network that stretched across the nation.
Noted transportation writer David M. Young vividly tells how railroads created and shaped Chicago, from the earliest times to the present. He shows how the expansion of rail lines promoted the growth of the suburbs and how Chicago's burgeoning manufacturing center became home to such corporate giants as Cyrus McCormick's harvester operation and catalogue houses Montgomery Ward; Spiegel; and Sears, Roebuck and Company. For the most part, the railroad companies that schemed to bypass Chicago failed.
As the hub of a vast transportation network, Chicago experienced many tragic accidents at rail crossings. One of the first books to deal with the history of accidents and issues of safety, The Iron Horse and the Windy City reveals how Chicago eventually forced railroad companies to eliminate dangerous crossings by installing barriers or by raising tracks above street level.
Railroad magnates, entrepreneurs, and ordinary people come to life in this first comprehensive account of the impact of railroads on Chicago. Transportation historians and general readers interested in Chicago will find it both essential and engaging.

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