Sunset Limited The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930
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Description: The only major U.S. railroad to be operated by westerners and the only railroad built from west to east, the Southern Pacific acquired a unique history and character. It also acquired a reputation, especially in California, as a railroad that people loved to hate. This magisterial history tells the full story of the Southern Pacific for the first time, shattering myths about the company that have prevailed to this day. A landmark account,Sunset Limitedexplores the railroad's development and influence--especially as it affected land settlement, agriculture, water policy, and the environment--and offers a new perspective on the tremendous, often surprising, role the company played in shaping the American West. Based on his unprecedented and extensive research into the company's historical archives, Richard Orsi finds that, contrary to conventional understanding, the Southern Pacific Company identified its corporate well-being with population growth and social and economic development in the railroad's hinterland. As he traces the complex and shifting intersections between corporate and public interest, Orsi documents the railroad's little-known promotion of land distribution, small-scale farming, scientific agriculture, and less wasteful environmental practices and policies--including water conservation and wilderness and recreational parklands preservation. Meticulously researched, lucidly written, and judiciously balanced,Sunset Limitedopens a new window onto the American West in a crucial phase of its development and will forever change our perceptions of one of the largest and most important western corporations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/16/2005
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|"These Mountains Look Too Ugly and I See Too Much Work Ahead": Building the Southern Pacific Company, 1850-1930|
|Men of Vision: Southern Pacific Leaders, Land, Agriculture, and the Development of California and the West|
|"The Satisfactory Supply Is Yet Undiscovered": The Southern Pacific as a Pioneer Water Developer|
|"This Splendid Country Is to Be Reclaimed": Public Irrigation|
|"The Government Is Hard to Deal With": Federal Reclamation|
|Promoting Scientific Agriculture|
|"The Damndest Railroading You Ever Heard Of": Marketing the Produce of Western Farms|
|"Shall This Destruction Proceed?": Wilderness Preservation|
|Conserving Forest and Rangeland Resources|
|Epilogue A Note on Manuscript|
|Abbreviations for Collections and Repositories|