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Westward By Rail

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"On May 10, 1869, the linking of two railroads between the Mississippi Valley and the Rocky Mountains at Promontory, Utah, ushered in a new era in the history of the United States. Safe, quick, and reliable transportation had finally subdued the hostile western landscape and opened up the American frontier.

That same year, William Fraser Rae undertook the 3,000 mile journey
This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program., 391 pages
Published 1993 by Indian Head Books (first published 1869)
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Meg Mims
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the books I used for research was this 1871 or 1872 book, written by William Fraser Rae (1835-1905), that I picked up from a remainder pile in a bookstore at some point a decade or so ago. Rae was British, and embarked on a journey from New York City to San Francisco after the transcontinental railroad opened in 1869. Full of interesting details, it fueled the story premise for DOUBLE CROSSING.

Two other books given to me by a good friend, which spelled out the history of building the rail
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is the kind of historical book I really like. One of the real joys of reading firsthand historical accounts is the tidbits of daily life that the author drops along the way. Things that must have been nearly mundane or ordinary, barely worth a passing note in 1869, give a fascinating historical flavor to readers many years later.

This book is Rae's first hand account of traveling across the United States by train, within a few months of the completion of the transcontinental railway. Actuall
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