Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov
Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov
Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov
Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov
Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov

Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov

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Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona John Sayre Softcov
 
A Journey Through Yesteryear Ghost Railroads Of Central Arizona BY John W Sayre
Softcover 151 pages
Copyright 1985 THIRD PRINTING 1990

CONTENTS
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Railroad Construction
Railroad Operation
Timetables
Prescott and Eastern Junction
Yaeger Siding
Cherry Creek Station
Humboldt Station
Iron King Spur
Chaparral Spur
Huron Station
Poland Junction
Arizona City Spur
Mayer Station
Gray Eagle Spur
Blue Bell Siding
Cordes Siding
Turkey Creek Spur
Middelton Station
Peck Siding
Saddle Spur
Horse Thief Spur
Crown King Station
Henrietta Spur
Eugenie Spur
Providence Station
Block Spur
Poland Station
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

INTRODUCTION
The ribbon of steel delivered settlers, supplies, and dreams to the American West, but just as importantly brought Eastern capital to an area wealthy in resources but desperately poor in investment. The first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, and by 1890 railroad tracks crisscrossed the plains and mountains of the colorful West. In that year, the Census Bureau announced that the West was officially settled, and admittedly it was a West far different from the one gazed upon by Lewis and Clark, but the area looked much more settled from offices in Washington than it did from the middle of "God's country." While Easterners availed themselves of the latest inventions and innovations, life in the West was still difficult and centered around necessities such as food, water, clothing, and shelter.
Nowhere was the rugged life-style more apparent than in mining towns. These small pockets of settlement were usually in isolated locations where chances of survival were little better than chances of striking it rich. The normal life span of mining town residents was even shorter than the national average, which, in the year 1900 was only 47.3 years. The face of mining changed as Eastern capital flowed into the mining regions of the West. Large corporations replaced prospectors and the small local mining company.
Mining in Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, experienced this transitional period in mining evolution during the decade of the eighties. Miners had worked with picks, shovels, or gold pans; valuable discoveries had made prospectors very wealthy overnight. Gold and silver discoveries attracted large numbers of miners with big hopes and small amounts of money for equipment. Until about 1890, news of each strike started a "rush."
It soon became necessary to dig deeper into the earth to recover precious and industrial metals.

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