Poor's Manual of Railroads Volume 5

Poor's Manual of Railroads Volume 5

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...from the Straits of Belle lsle to the head of Lake Superior being over 2,000 miles. From the head of the lake to the great bend of the Missouri, upon the same parallel, the distance is about 452 miles, over a vast plain. After crossing t_he Missouri, the line strikes into the valley of the Yellowston.e, which it follows t) the base of the mountains, 600 miles. From the eastern base of the mountain to the navigable waters of the tributaries of the Columbia, the distance is about 200 miles. This river has a generally western course. These three great waterlines, extending nearly across the continent, upon a similar parallel, indicate a remarkably favorable route for a railroad, as well as the great capabilities of the country traversed for agricultural, mining and commercial pursuits. The general physical features of the route of the proposed road are approximately shown in the government surveys of the Northern route for a Pacific railroad, since confirmed by more careful surveys made by the railroad company. From Lake Superior to the mountains is an immense plain, differing only slightly in its elevation, considering its vast extent. Lake Superior is 600 feet above the sea. The Mississippi at Brainerd, the point of crossing, 114 miles west, is 1,204 feet above the sea. The Summit, between the Mississippi and the Red River of the North, is 1,419 feet above the sea. This Summit is 176 miles from the Lake. The Red River of the North, 252 miles from the lake, has an elevation of 888 feet above the sea. From the Red River westward, the line rises gradually, and reaches an elevation of 1,975 feet above the sea on the summit between the waters of the Red River and the Missouri, 413 miles west of Lake Superior. At the Missouri River, 452 miles...show more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 522g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953541
  • 9781236953544