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Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930
The Southern Pacific was one of the best of the Guilded Age railroads and it pioneered many aspects of modern American business. It spanned from the Gulf of Mexico in Texas across New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Sadly this book is California-centric with no concentration on operations in other states. It didn't even mention the regularity of train robbings east of Tucson and how the railroad dealt with it. Sections dealing with the Salton Sea and Pacific Fruit Express were interesting but otherwise this was as dry a corporate history as has ever been penned.
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