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Francaviglia looks anew at the geographical-historical context of the driving of the golden spike in May 1869. He gazes outward from the site of the transcontinental railroad's completion—the summit of a remote mountain range that extends south into the Great Salt Lake. The transportation corridor that for the first time linked America's coasts gave this distinctive region significance, but it anchored two centuries of human activity linked to the area's landscape.

Francaviglia brings to that larger story a geographer's perspective on place and society, a railroad enthusiast's knowledge of trains, a cartographic historian's understanding of the knowledge and experience embedded in maps, and a desert lover's appreciation of the striking basin-and-range landscape that borders the Great Salt Lake.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1— Envisioning Promontory (1820–1850)
  2. pp. 5-37
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  1. Chapter 2— In the Path of History (1850–1865)
  2. pp. 38-66
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  1. Chapter 3— The Battle of the Maps (1865–1868)
  2. pp. 67-100
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  1. Chapter 4— A Moment of Glory: Promontory, 1869
  2. pp. 101-142
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  1. Chapter 5— On the Early Mainline (1869–1875)
  2. pp. 143-171
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  1. Chapter 6— Big Time Railroading (1875–1904)
  2. pp. 172-207
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  1. Chapter 7— A Regional Branchline (1904–1942)
  2. pp. 208-242
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  1. Chapter 8— A Changing Countryside & Landscape (1904–1942)
  2. pp. 243-276
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  1. Chapter 9— Remembering Promontory (1942–Present)
  2. pp. 277-305
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  1. Epilogue: Full Circle
  2. p. 306
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 307-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-333
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874217063
Related ISBN
9780874217056
MARC Record
OCLC
741612962
Pages
333
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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