The Railroad as an Element in Education, REV. and Enl. with New Illustrations

The Railroad as an Element in Education, REV. and Enl. with New Illustrations

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...the responsible training of the twenty millions of children for the highest duties known to the American citizen, the casting of an intelligent ballot. Again, as late as 1850 there was not a mile of railroad west of the Mississippi. The " centennial year " train could not have made the trip " 3.47 days" before 1869--neither could the great National Association have collected its teachers--nor could the thousands, millions, who now traverse the continent without comprehending the time and the distance, have done so, but for the undertakings--the accomplishments of the projectors and builders of the Pacific Railways. Commercial interests had time and again suggested these great enterprises, and men then called "visionary" for the lack of the later coinage, "crank," had sent out reconnoitering parties--who made preliminary surveys; but the necessity for so stupendous a work was not brought home to the nation until the Southern States attempted to secede--to divide this Union by a geographical, an imaginary line east and west. This action forced the Government to lend its aid in constructing a real line--two lines of steel rail from the Missouri to the Pacific--thus uniting by Art what long since had been decreed by Nature--the perpetuity of this Republic. A faithful description of the work is beyond the scope and purpose of this humble contribution. To determine the location alone of a route for the Union Pacific, 15,000 miles of instrumental and preliminary lines were run; 25,000 miles of reconnoisances were travelled. The engineers of the Central Pacific had to do the same thing, and in the face of the same difficulties, both parties in sight of the native tribes, less hospitable than the deserts and...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619323
  • 9781236619327