Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946  461 Pages

Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946 461 Pages

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Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow Hard Cover 1946 461 Pages
 
Steelways of New England By Alvin Harlow
Hard Cover
Copyright 1946  
461 Pages Indexed
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Sad State of New England3
2. The First Railroad14
3. The Dawn of Private Enterprise36
4. The First Charters71
5. Massachusetts Produces Triplets80
6. Over the Hills to the Hudson116
7. The Birth of the Boston & Maine143
8. New Haven Becomes a Railroad Center170
9. Ghost Train and Ghost Road196
10. "In the Land of the Pine and the Cranberry Bog"215
11. The Fitchburg and the Great Bore236
12. The Forty Years' War in Vermont259
13. Concord and Discord in New Hampshire285
14. From Kittery to 'Quoddy308
15. Twentieth-Century Epilogue329
16. The Thin-Gaugers339
17. Operation by Trial and Error350
18. Comfort and Elegance379
19. More Yankee Ingenuity403
20. New England, Mother of Railroads411
Acknowledgment433
Bibliography435
Index449

IS OLD Massachusetts in her palsied dotage?" demanded "Shadrack," an anonymous letter-writer to the American Traveller of Boston in 1825. "Is her sun of prosperity  setting, to rise no more? This sun with increasing splendor is irradiating the hills of Hudson and fertile vales of New York. Where are the thousand ships of the Bay State, her accumulated wealth of two centuries? Has the building of a few roads and the cutting of one canal, or rather, ditch of inconsiderable distance satisfied her ambitions and put her 'at ease in her possessions'?"
Shadrack's diatribe, wrung from an anguished heart by the triumphant completion of New York's Erie Canal, did not fail, it will be observed, to hurl a poisoned barb at the Middlesex Canal, "or rather, ditch," once Boston's pride and hope. Built between 1793 and 1803, this twenty-seven-mile waterway from Boston to the Merrimac River was designed principally to bring the products of New Hampshire directly and more cheaply to Boston than if they went out through the mouth of the Merrimac and around to Boston by sea. But in two decades of operation, it had lost money for its stockholders, and had not aided the city as was expected. The state, by way of aid, had given it two townships of land in Maine, then still a province of Massachusetts, but the canal company couldn't sell the land and scarcely knew where it was, so that was no help.
Now that westward expansion of the nation had begun and was proceeding with a rush, New England, to her dismay, found herself an isolated eddy, apparently left behind in the swelling tide of national expansion.

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