Putnam's and the Reader Volume 6

Putnam's and the Reader Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...of many more. It has, according to government geological experts, the greatest copper deposits in the world. It has, according to Geological Survey reports, large areas of the best coal discovered west of the Allegheny Mountains. It has a better soil and climate than Finland, which has a population of 3,000,000 and exports annually $3,000,000 in agricultural products. All these facts were considered in building the road, it being held that, in addition to its mineral deposits, there was no reason why it should not do as well as Finland agriculturally. What it most lacks for the development of its undeveloped resources, including copper, coal and agriculture, are facilities for transportation--not necessarily railroad or water transportation, but mere wagon-roads that will open up some of the valleys of the interior. It is largely because of the lack of these, it is claimed, that Alaska's exports, except along the coast, have been confined to precious metals that do not call for heavy freighting. But all necessary facilities for getting whatever may be of value to man come in time, and in time Alaska is certain to increase largely the traffic at North Pacific ports. A consideration of the resources of Alaska may seem to be wandering rather far afield from the building of the Pacific Coast Extension of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, but it is one of the things that justified the expenditure of the tidy sum of $85, 000,000, and, as such, is certainly entitled to some attention in an article on that enterprise. One always likes to know why a thing is done, and when you want to know why a railroad is built, you must look for the traffic possibilities. The new road has two advantages that are worthy of note: It shortens the railroad distance...show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659794X
  • 9781236597946