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RR Leaves Town V2 W hard
Joseph Schwieterman
Truman State
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2004-11-03 22:35:44
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When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment, Western U.S., vol. 2 (Cloth) 400pp, 120 b/w illus, 60 maps, cloth with dust jacket (softbound also available). "The history of the American West is an epic tale richly accompanied by railroads. From the Illinois prairie to the shores of Oahu, many legendary rail lines are now just dusty trails bereft of their former significance. These abandoned routes show the profound changes that affect the way we travel and conduct business. "Through the use of maps, photographs, and a fast-moving narrative, Schwieterman illustrates the circumstances surrounding the rise and fall of rail service in fifty-eight communities distinguished for their notable railroad histories. For each community, he provides a chapter describing the controversies, legal battles, and civic initiatives spurred by the abandonment of routes. Drawing on insights of many fellow railroad historians, Schwieterman shows why the legacy of the railroads will be felt for generations to come--a fact evident to readers by comparing a photograph during the glory years and contrasted with a stark remnant today. What emerges is a portrait of an industrial shift that has left an indelible mark on the West's social, economic, and physical landscape. Towns/cities featured in volume 2: Alaska Nome Arizona Prescott Tombstone Arkansas Booneville, Eureka Springs California Beverly Hills, Coronado, Folsom, Glenwood, Laws Monterey, Newport Beach, Placerville, San Rafael, Santa Monica, Sausalito, Vacaville Colorado Aspen Cripple Creek, Gunnison, Lakewood Hawaii Honolulu Idaho Avery Wallace Illinois Carpentersville Iowa Decorah West Branch Kansas Valley Falls Louisiana Ferriday Minnesota Currie Ely Montana Harlowton, Red Lodge Nebraska Long Pine Nevada Boulder City, Carson City, Virginia City New Mexico Espaņola Farmington North Dakota Watford City Oklahoma Okemah Oregon Astoria, Burns Seaside South Dakota Hot Springs Texas Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Mineral Wells Utah Park City, Promontory Washington Bothell Issaquah, Lynwood, Port Angeles Wisconsin Lake Geneva, Platteville, Sturgeon Bay Wyoming Riverton.

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