The Great Northern Railway: A History

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U of Minnesota Press, 2004 - Transportation - 360 pages
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In the sprawling Northwest, from the upper Mississippi River valley to Puget Sound, no railroad shaped the landscape and society like the Great Northern Railway Company. This is the complete history of that enterprise, from 1856, when the first charter was granted, through the era of James J. Hill-known as the Empire Builder-to its maturation and eventual merger in 1970, when the eight-thousand-mile Great Northern was incorporated into the massive Burlington Northern.

The Great Northern Railway highlights the changes brought on by economic, political, social, and technological advances, including world wars, increased competition from other modes of transportation, and tighter government restrictions. The first part of the book (1856-1916) examines the railway's early strategies and philosophy, relations with employees, and vigorous campaigns to develop the service area. The second part of the history (1916-1970) offers an assessment of a dramatic period of transition for the railroad-international conflicts, the Great Depression, the rise of motor vehicles, increasing labor costs, and stronger unions.

Illustrated with more than two hundred maps, period photographs, and drawings, the volume also includes appendixes listing the original track-laying history, track removals, ruling grades on main freight routes, and main line ruling grades from Minneapolis to Seattle.

Ralph W. Hidy and Muriel E. Hidy were professors of business history at Harvard Business School.

Roy V. Scott is professor of history at Mississippi State University.

Don L. Hofsommer is professor of history at St. Cloud State University.

 

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Contents

1916 TO 1970
147
Notes
305
Original Tracklaying Record
318
Track Removals
325
Great Northern Railway Ruling Grades on Main Freight Routes
328
Bibliography and Notes on Sources
329
Index
353
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Muriel E. Hidy was professor of business history at Harvard Business School.

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