History of Rail Transport in the United States

History of Rail Transport in the United States

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Railroads have played a large role in the development of the United States of America, from the industrial revolution in the North-east to the colonization of the West. The American railway mania began with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1828 and flourished until the Panic of 1873 bankrupted many companies and temporarily ended all growth. Although the South started early to build railways, it concentrated on short lines linking cotton regions to oceanic or river ports, and the absence of an interconnected network was a major handicap during the Civil War. The North and Midwest constructed networks that linked every city by 1860. In the heavily-settled Corn Belt, over 80 percent of farms were within 5 miles of a railway, facilitating the shipment of grain, hogs and cattle to national and international markets.
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135792881
  • 9786135792881