Electric Interurbans And The American People by H. Roger GrantElectric Interurbans And The American People by H. Roger Grant

Electric Interurbans And The American People

byH. Roger Grant

Hardcover | October 31, 2016

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One of the most intriguing yet neglected pieces of American transportation history, electric interurban railroads were designed to assist shoppers, salesmen, farmers, commuters, and pleasure-seekers alike with short distance travel. At a time when most roads were unpaved and horse and buggy travel were costly and difficult, these streetcar-like electric cars were essential to economic growth. But why did interurban fever strike so suddenly and extensively in the Midwest and other areas? Why did thousands of people withdraw their savings to get onto what they believed to be a "gravy train?" How did officials of competing steam railroads respond to these challenges to their operations? H. Roger Grant explores the rise and fall of this fleeting form of transportation that started in the early 1900s and was defunct just 30 years later. Perfect for railfans, Electric Interurbans and the American People is a comprehensive contribution for those who love the flanged wheel.

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of more than 30 books, including Railroaders without Borders: A History of the Railroad Development Corporation (IUP, 2015), The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South (IUP, 2014), and Railroads...
Title:Electric Interurbans And The American PeopleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025302272X

ISBN - 13:9780253022721


Table of Contents

Foreword by Norman Carlson
1. Enthusiasm
2. Interurbans in Daily Life
3. Saying Goodbye

Editorial Reviews

An enjoyable and informative read.