Economic Beginnings Of The Far West (volume 2); How We Won The Land Beyond The Mississippi

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byKatharine Coman

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE VICTORY OF THE NORTH The settlement of the slavery question aside, the most significant results of the Civil War for the Far West were the chartering of the Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Homestead Act. The Railroad to the Pacific The first suggestion for transcontinental transportation seems to have been that submitted to Congress by Robert Mills in 1819. He proposed that Charleston, South Carolina, be connected with the Pacific Ocean by a system of canals and natural waterways, up the Mississippi and Missouri to the Great Falls, and "thence passing through the plains and across the Rocky Mountains to the navigable waters of the Kooskooskee River, a branch of the Columbia, three hundred and forty miles." The proposed route is evidently based on the Summary Statement of Distances compiled by Lewis and Clark.1 A railway across the Rocky Mountains was one of Hall J. Kelley's dreams, and to him it seemed an entirely simple proposition; but bis contemporaries thought it as visionary as a railway to the moon. The project was finally reduced to practicable terms by Asa Whitney, a New York merchant, who addressed a memorial to Congress in 1845, embodying his plan. He proposed to finance the railroad out of land sales Vol. n--2 A 353 and petitioned for a grant sixty miles wide along the entire route. The settlers who came in to purchase the land would furnish the business on which the company might depend for future revenues. "It is proposed to establish an entirely new system of settlement, on which the hopes of success are based, and upon which all depend. The settler on the line of the road would, so soon as his house or cabin were up and a crop in, find employment to grade the road; the next season, when his crop would have ripened, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE VICTORY OF THE NORTH The settlement of the slavery question aside, the most significant results of the Civil...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217204120

ISBN - 13:9780217204125

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