Great American Industries Series

Great American Industries Series

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...are already inadequate to the demand made upon them, and doubtless in the near future they will be enlarged and deepened so that ships drawing twenty feet of water can pass through them. When this is done, for transportation purposes, the Great Lakes will become an arm of the sea, for vessels will pass directly to and from their ports to ports in Europe. Lines of steamers were once established for this traffic, but owing to the fact that they have to be lightened in going through the canals along the river, the traffic was found unprofitable and the project abandoned. This brief sketch of the Great Lakes and their traffic gives some idea of their present importance as a trade and transportation center, and one is naturally led to inquire, "What of their importance in the future?" If interested in answering this question, take a pair of dividers, adjust them to the scale of a map representing the United States and Canada so that they will make a circle having a radius of five hundred miles. Place one leg of the dividers on the dot representing the city of Buffalo and construct the circle. Within this circumference resides sixty per cent, of the population of the United States and Canada, including twelve great commercial and manufacturing centers of these countries. Beyond this area lie the great wheat and corn regions of the United States and the still greater undeveloped grain region of western Canada. In 1909, 70,000,000 bushels of grain were shipped from the ports on Thunder Bay, and the development of western Canada is scarcely begun. When the great trunk lines of railway now in progress of construction to the Pacific coast are completed and their numerous branches extended so as to bring this vast region within easy means...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768361
  • 9781236768360