The Union Pacific Railroad Company, Chartered by the United States. Progress of Their Road West from Omaha, Nebraska, Across the Continent. Making, with Its Connections, an Unbroken Line from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. 500 Miles Completed October 25, 1867 (Google eBook)

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C. A. Alvord, printer, 1867 - 24 pages
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Page 8 - He says : There is nothing connected with the Union Pacific Railroad that is not wonderful. The possibility of constructing such a road at some future day has long loomed up as one of the events of a grander future...
Page 9 - Between, the surface is almost perfectly flat, though its regular ascent toward the west, of about ten feet to the mile, gives ample drainage. The soil is very rich, and the mind falters in its attempt to estimate the future of such a valley, or its immense capabilities. The grain fields of Europe are mere garden patches beside the green oceans which roll from Colorado to Indiana. The valley widens with the advance. The hills behind sink into the plain until the horizon there is perfect. Those on...
Page 12 - How does the work get on again?' Let the facts answer. On the 9th of May, 1866, but forty miles of road were completed. In a hundred and eighty-two working days thereafter, two hundred and forty-five additional miles were laid, and put in prime condition, every rail and tie and spike having been brought up from the rear. Seven sawmills furnish the ties and lumber. All bridges are framed, the pieces numbered and set up where wanted without the least delay. The bridge at Loup Fork is 1,500 feet long,...
Page 17 - We may fairly assume, therefore, that the trade each way will be about equal ; wre have then 460,000 tons as the actual freight across the continent. "How many passengers have we? We make the following estimate from the average of people : 110 (both ways) steamships 50,000 200 " " vessels 4,000 Overland (both ways) 100,000 Number per annum 154,000 " At present prices (averaging half the cost of the steamships), for both passengers and tonnage, we have this result : 154,000 passengers at $100 $15,400,000...
Page 17 - Railroad, when it is completed, derived from Shipping Lists, Insurance Companies, Railroads, and general information : Ships going from the Atlantic round Cape Horn — 100. 80,000 Tons. Steamships connecting at Panama with California and China— 55 120,000 " Overland Trains, Stages, Horses, &c 30,000 " "Thus we have two hundred and thirty thousand tons carried westward; and experience has shown, that in the last few years, the returned passengers from California have been nearly as numerous as...
Page 11 - The rails within reach, parties of five men stand on either side. One in the rear throws a rail upon the rollers, three in advance seize it and run out with it to the proper distance. The chairs have, meantime, been set under the last rails placed. The two men in the rear, with a single swing, force the end of the rail into the chair, and the chief of the squad calls out 'Down,' in a tone that equals the 'Forward
Page 9 - ... train, which was made up for the excursionists, consisted of cars as elegant as any that can be found east of the Missouri. It was very difficult to look at them and realize that before night they would be roaring along over plains from which hostile Indians, deer and antelope have not been driven yet. VALLEY OF THE PLATTE. Long before the valley is reached, it spreads before the eye like a vast bay opening out into an ocean, whither the track appears to lead. It is forty miles from the low,...
Page 18 - ... (both ways) 100,000 Number per annum 154,000 " At present prices (averaging half the cost of the steamships), for both passengers and tonnage, we have this result : 154,000 passengers at $100 $15,400,000 460,000 tons rated at $1 per cubic foot 15,640,000 Present Cost of Transportation $31,040,000 " There can be no doubt that the number of passengers will be more than doubled by the completion of the road ; so also, the road would take all the very light and valuable goods, which would be greatly...
Page 9 - ... mosaic which nature alone could color, and the prairies only find room to display. Further on, huge plows, drawn by eight oxen, labored slowly along, each furrow being an added ripple to the tide which is sweeping up over all these rich regions — a tide whose ebb the youngest will never know.
Page 23 - It is not doubted that when the road is completed the through traffic of the only line connecting the Atlantic and Pacific States will be large beyond precedent, and, as there will be no competition, it can always be done at profitable rates. It will be noticed that the Union Pacific Railroad is, in fact, a Government Work, built under the supervision of Government officers, and to a large extent with Government money, and that its bonds are issued under Government direction.

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