Between 1826 and 1858 the state of Pennsylvania built and operated the largest and most technologically advanced system of canals and railroads in North Americaalmost one thousand miles of transport that stretched from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond.The construction of this ambitious transportation system was accompanied by great euphoria It was widely believed that the revenue created from these canals and railroads would eliminate the need for all taxes on state citizens Yet with the Panic of 1837, a financial crisis much like boom and bust cycle that ended in 2008, a deep recession fell across the country.By 1858, Pennsylvania had sold all canals and railroads to private companies, often for pennies on the dollar.Over the Alleghenies Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvaniais the definitive history of the state of Pennsylvanias incredible canal and railroad system Although often condemned as a colossal failure, this construction effort remains an innovative, magnificent feat that ushered in modern transportation to Pennsylvania and the entire country With extensive primary research, over one hundred illustrations, newspapers clippings, and charts and graphs,Over the Allegheniesexamines and dissects the infrastructure project that bankrupted the wealthiest state in the Union....
|Title||:||Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania|
|Publisher||:||West Virginia University Press 1st edition November 1, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||449 pages|
|File Size||:||785 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania Reviews
Well written documentary on early transportation in Pennsylvania.
I ordered this as a birthday gift for a cousin who is a railroad enthusiast. I haven't gotten a review from him yet, but looks like the material is quite interesting.