The Story of the Railroad

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byCy Warman

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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. 1898. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. THE GRAND CANON WAR. Because the same conditions can never exist again, there will probably never be another railroad war in this country to compare with the battle between the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Company for the possession of the Grand Canon of the Arkansas--the Royal Gorge. To be sure, this war was only an incident in the making of the railroad, and was not taken into consideration by the projectors of either of the roads that afterwards became so actively interested; but it did take place, has gone into the history of the West, and is therefore a part of the story of the railroad. There is no evidence that either company contemplated the building of a line through the Grand Canon of the Arkansas until the mineral resources of Colorado began to attract the attention of the mining world. The discovery and development of the silver mines in and about Leadville, and the consequent increasing business between that region and the East, determined the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Company to extend its road to that city. The rates on freight were a deciding temptation to this expenditure, being four cents per pound by team from Canon City to Leadville, a distance of one hundred and twenty miles, amounting to a little more than the charges from New York to Canon City, a distance of over two thousand miles. The Denver and Rio Grande Company woke up to the importance of this connection at about the same time, and decided to push its rails from Canon City into the great mining region. As there was but one available route through the mountains, the canon cut by the Arkansas River in its wild dash from the summit of the Eockies down to the Kansas prairies, it was a matter of importance to each of the contestants to secure its poss...

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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. 1898. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. THE GRAND CANON WAR. Because the same conditions can never exist again, there will probably never be another railroad war in this country to...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217373402

ISBN - 13:9780217373401

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