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Union Pacific

Volume I, 1862-1893

2006
Author:

Maury Klein

Union Pacific

The history of the railroad that connected the coasts and unified the United States

Maury Klein, America's foremost railroad historian, re-creates the powerful personalities and dramatic events that led to the construction of the Union Pacific. With over one hundred historic photographs and maps, Union Pacific details the feat of engineering and human strength and also the wheelings and dealings that were waged as dreamers and scoundrels, politicians and patriots forged a pioneering enterprise in transportation.

A ‘must’ for any serious transportation history holding and particularly for any collection solid in railroad history.

The Bookwatch

The Union Pacific Railroad is renowned as America’s first transcontinental railroad and is one of the strongest companies in the railroad industry today. The driving of the golden spike in Promontory, Utah, in 1869 marked not only the opening of the continent to settlement but also the transformation of the United States from an agricultural nation to an industrial one.

Maury Klein, one of America’s foremost railroad historians, re-creates the powerful personalities and dramatic events that led to the construction of this legendary railroad. Fully illustrated with over one hundred historic photographs and maps, Union Pacific details the feat of engineering and human strength that conquered the terrain of the desert and mountains and also the colorful wheelings and dealings that were waged in executive boardrooms in New York and Boston and in the chambers of Congress as dreamers and scoundrels, politicians and patriots forged a pioneering enterprise in transportation.


Union Pacific

Maury Klein is professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Life and Legend of Jay Gould.

Union Pacific

A ‘must’ for any serious transportation history holding and particularly for any collection solid in railroad history.

The Bookwatch

Klein has provided the best summary available of the way in which the road was built, financed, and frequently mismanaged.

Barrons

Maury Klein has done a splendid job of writing this thoroughly and compellingly detailed history.

Chicago Tribune

Union Pacific

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Railroad Reference Key
Map
Prologue: The Monument, 1965

Part One: The Challenge, 1862-1869

1. The Vision
2. The Promoters
3. The Company
4. The Surveys
5. The Organization
6. The Falling Out
7. The Standoff
8. The Payoff
9. The Showdown
10. The Race
11. The Golden Spike

Part Two: The Quest for Respectability, 1869-1884

12. The Mourning After
13. The Bridge
14. The Scandal
15. The Newcomer
16. The Resources
17. The Branches
18. The Ancient Feud
19. The Competition
20. The Consolidation
21. The Explosion
22. The Crisis

Part Three: The Road to Hell, 1884-1893

23. The Man on Horseback
24. The Massacre
25. The Service
26. The Assets
27. The Labyrinth
28. The Northwest Passage
29. The System
30. The Wars
31. The Leader
32. The Turnover
33. The Collapse

Source Reference Key
Notes
Selected Bibliography

Index