Railroad signatures across the Pacific Northwest /
Carlos A. Schwantes.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1993.
358 p. : ill. (some col.)
0295972106 (alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1993.
0295972106 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-03:
The title of this delightful book states its basic thesis, namely, that railroads were once the principal engines of economic development and social change. Carriers not only shattered the physical isolation of the Pacific Northwest, but also helped to promote it as a good place to live and visit. Schwantes (Univ. of Idaho) is especially skilled at capturing the impact of railroads on the everyday life of the region's citizenry, yet he does not write about the impact of railroads in a vacuum. He continually relates events in the region to national happenings and trends. Moreover, Schwantes does not ignore other forms of transport, including stagecoach, watercraft, electric interurban, bus, and airplane, and their overall effect. This book is spectacular: some of the numerous illustrations are simply breathtaking. Schwantes's lively prose complements a magnificently produced book. Although the specialist in railroad history is not likely to find much that is new, the general reader will be both informed and entertained. The book is enhanced by a superb bibliography and excellent index. General, undergraduate, and graduate readers. H. R. Grant; University of Akron
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Railroad Time and Space in the New Northwestp. 15
Signatures in Steel: The First Railway Age, 1868-1893
Portages by Railp. 35
Henry Villard and the Empire of the Columbiap. 57
Shapers of a New Northwestp. 81
Traveling Too Fast: Adjustments to Railroad Powerp. 94
The Railway Landscapep. 109
Northwest Passages: The Second Railway Age, 1897-1917
New Beginnings for a New Centuryp. 123
Fiefdoms and Baronies: Harriman and Hill Redraw the Railroad Mapp. 142
The Promise of Electric Motive Powerp. 163
Twentieth-Century Empire Buildersp. 180
Selling the Great Northwestp. 193
Wonderlands: Railroad Tourismp. 205
The Golden Age of Passenger-Train Travelp. 219
The Age of Competition, 1917 to 1990s
New Competitionp. 241
An Industry in Troublep. 256
Response: The Streamliner Erap. 273
Strange New World: War and a Troubled Peacep. 289
A Changing Signaturep. 303
Epilogue: Pacific Northwest Railroads in Perspectivep. 322
Notesp. 325
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 343
Indexp. 357
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