The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the Nation's First Railroad, 1828-1853

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Stanford University Press, Oct 1, 1996 - History - 496 pages
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This account of the planning and building of the most important and influential early American railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, is an essential contribution not only to railway history but also to the broader history of the development of the US in the first half of the 19th century. 80 illus. 5 maps.
  

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Contents

Prologue
2
Baltimore to Harpers Ferry 18271836
5
Procession
7
Reaching Enchanted Ground
15
The Last Resort
19
Sons of Commerce
37
The Train and the River
49
Inventing a Railroad
63
The Bridge at Harpers Ferry
185
The Eight Million Bill
203
McLane the Politician
225
Three Statesmen
242
Engines in the Hills
252
Building on Promises
267
Cumberland Coal and Iron
279
This Noble Enterprise
298

The Triumph of Steam
81
A Race for Popularity
101
Men of Iron
123
City Extension Frederick Branch
141
n Road to Washington
153
The Thomas Viaduct
159
The Bank War
170
The Trouble with Wheeling
315
The Financier
341
Tracking the Wilderness
359
The Work Is Done at Last
382
Photo sections follow pp 80 158
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