Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad


By (author) Mary Ann Fraser, Illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser

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  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 251mm x 5mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0805047034
  • ISBN 13: 9780805047035
  • Sales rank: 820,472

Product description

On May 10, 1869, the final spike in North America's first transcontinental railroad was driven home at Promontory Summit, Utah. Illustrated with the author's carefully researched, evocative paintings, here is the story of that great American adventure--and the day Charles Crocker staked $10,000 on the crews' ability to lay a world record ten miles of track in a single, Ten Mile Day.

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Author information

May Ann Fraser has illustrated more than forty books for children, and is the author-illustrator of a growing list of popular middle-grade books that focus on U.S. history. Her "In Search of the Grand Canyon" was voted a Best Book of the Year by "School Library Journal" and "Ten Mile Day" was an "American Bookseller" Pick, of the Lists. A graduate of Exter College of Art Design, she lives with her husband and three children in Simi Valley, California.

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"In her well-researched text, Fraser incorporates fascinating detail...while honestly addressing the prejudice faced by Chinese laborers. Good use of the broad picture-book format. An attractive resource."--"Kirkus Reviews"