THE ST. LOUIS-SAN FRANCISCO TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

The book's subtitle, "The Thirty-Fifth Parallel Project, 1853-1890," indicates the aspirations of organizers of the pioneer company. The goal was establishment of a snow-free route to the coast followed by a push north to San Francisco. Five different railway corporations attempted to do this between 1850 and 1890; all failed due to accidents of timing, faulty administration, labor troubles, fickle public sentiment and apparently the whims of fate. Santa Fe took control of the Frisco in 1890 and itself went into receivership in 1893. In the reorganization, Santa Fe retained A&P's Western Division which is today the Santa Fe main line across New Mexico and Arizona. Some years previoulsy Frisco had been forced to relinquish the land grants that had led to the building of this isolated western section.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Kansas Press

    358 Watson Hall
    Lawrence, KS  USA  66044
  • Authors:
    • Miner, H C
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  • Accession Number: 00041225
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Railway Age
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1974 12:00AM