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Big Bend Railroads

Author : Dan Bolyard
ISBN : 9781467132534
Genre : History
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The Big Bend area had its start with a land grant given by President Lincoln to the Northern Pacific Railway. As such, the railway company heavily promoted the area to encourage settlement and populate the station sites along the way. Towns began to develop in the late 1880s; prior to that time, the few settlers had a difficult time getting around. Despite snow, floods, fires, wrecks, human error, sabotage, and government regulation, the railroads continued and were able to serve the communities and help them survive. The earliest lines were built largely by man and beast with few large machines. The last transcontinental line in the Big Bend, the Milwaukee Road, featured groundbreaking technology in the form of electrically operated locomotives. The building of Grand Coulee Dam brought more railroad lines, with tracks that featured grades and locomotives normally seen on logging railroads, to bring in construction materials to the largest concrete structure in the world at the time.
Category: History

The Big Bend

Author : Ronnie C. Tyler
ISBN : 0890967067
Genre : History
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A long needed account of the human invasion of this rugged Texas desert land.
Category: History

The West Shore

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ISBN : PRNC:32101074886142
Genre : Pacific Coast (U.S.)
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Category: Pacific Coast (U.S.)

The Oregonian S Handbook Of The Pacific Northwest

Author : Edward Gardner Jones
ISBN : IND:30000048967701
Genre : Northwest, Pacific
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History and biography of the Pacific Northwest; local history for towns in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.
Category: Northwest, Pacific

Railroads Of Western Texas

Author : Douglas Lee Braudaway
ISBN : 0738507660
Genre : History
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The Southern Pacific Railroad was the second transcontinental line built in America, and the first that was open year-round. Railroads of Western Texas brings to life the days of frontier towns, the open range, and the building of the state of Texas. This part of the state's railroad history includes politicians and movie stars, train wrecks and robberies, shoot-outs and gun-running. Railroads of Western Texas reveals engaging stories of San Antonio and El Paso during their boomtown years. It tells of the creation of communities out of whole cloth including Hondo, Sanderson, Marfa, and Sierra Blanca. Other towns-villages really-blossomed when the iron rails came through: Uvalde, Del Rio, Alpine, Valentine, and Judge Roy Bean's town Langtry (the man known as "The Law West of the Pecos"). The railroad featured the third highest bridge in the world (the High Bridge over the Pecos River), and the fourth largest man-made lake in the United States (Medina Lake). These rails carried men and munitions during the Spanish American War and the Punitive Expedition, and many more\ during the First and Second World Wars.
Category: History

Railroad Gazette

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ISBN : UOM:39015013053759
Genre : Railroads
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Category: Railroads

Railroads Of Fort Bend County

Author : Jim Vollmar
ISBN : 9781439639702
Genre : Transportation
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Fort Bend County was formed in the early 1820s by members of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old 300.” Traders utilized barges and steamboats running along the Brazos River to transport cotton and other products from the lower Brazos Valley to the port at Galveston. In 1853, railroads began to play a larger role in the county’s transportation system. Transportation facilities were greatly improved when the first railroad in Texas, the Buffalo, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad Company, completed its first 20-mile segment to Stafford’s Point in Fort Bend County from Harrisburg (Houston). As many as eight separate railroads were chartered and operated in Fort Bend County by 1900. Today some of the names have changed but most of the original rail lines remain in operation. The Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Kansas City Southern rail companies have picked up where their predecessors left off and are keeping Fort Bend County one of the busiest and fastest-growing counties in the United States.
Category: Transportation