A Great & Shining Road: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

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Times Books, 1988 - 341 頁
The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads were officially joined on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, with the driving of a golden spike. This historic ceremony marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Spanning the Sierras and the "Great American Desert, " the tracks connected San Francisco to Council Bluffs, Iowa. A Great and Shining Road is the exciting story of a mammoth feat that called forth entrepreneurial daring, financial wizardry, technological innovation, political courage and chicanery, and the heroism of thousands of laborers.

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Introduction
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America the Machine and the Idea Whose Time Had Come
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Understanding the Void
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