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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69

It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad—the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.

Introduction

Chapter 1. PICKING THE ROUTE 1830-1860

Chapter 2. GETTING TO CALIFORNIA 1848-1859

Chapter 3. THE BIRTH OF THE CENTRAL PACIFIC 1860-1862

Chapter 4. THE BIRTH OF THE UNION PACIFIC 1862-1864

Chapter 5. JUDAH AND THE ELEPHANT 1862-1864

Chapter 6. LAYING OUT THE UNION PACIFIC LINE 1864-1865

Chapter 7. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC ATTACKS THE SIERRA NEVADA 1865

Chapter 8. THE UNION PACIFIC ACROSS NEBRASKA 1866

Chapter 9. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC ASSAULTS THE SIERRA 1866

Chapter 10. THE UNION PACIFIC TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS 1867

Chapter 11. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC PENETRATES THE SUMMIT 1867

Chapter 12. THE UNION PACIFIC ACROSS WYOMING 1868

Chapter 13. BRIGHAM YOUNG AND THE MORMONS MAKE THE GRADE 1868

Chapter 14. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC GOES THROUGH NEVADA 1868

Chapter 15. THE RAILROADS RACE INTO UTAH January 1-April 10, 1869

Chapter 16. TO THE SUMMIT April 11 - May 7, 1869

Chapter 17. DONE May 8 - 10, 1869

EPILOGUE

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