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Over the Range Promontory Rte
Richard V. Francaviglia
Utah State U Press
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2009-03-06 11:33:45
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Over the Range

A History of the Promontory Summit Route of the Pacific Railroad

By Richard V. Francaviglia.

Cloth with dust jacket, 6.25x9.25, 336 pages, illustrated with color maps and photos.

"The author 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."

"Richard Francaviglia is professor of history and geography and director of the Center for Southwestern Studies and Cartography at the University of Texas Arlington. His books include Hard Places: Reading the Landscape of America's Historic Mining Districts and Mapping and Imagination in the Great Basin: A Cartographic History."