Book ID: CBB807796859

Railroads for Michigan (2013)


Graydon M. Meints (Author)

Michigan State University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 523
Language: English

In this thoroughly researched history, Graydon Meints tells the fascinating story of the railroad’s arrival and development in Michigan. An engaging and accessible text, the book describes the long-awaited and often-troubled advent of the railroad in the state, the building of which shifted from private to public efforts and back again, amid tumultuous social, business, and political developments. The railroad would come to play a role in almost every critical event in Michigan’s history, including the Civil War, the Granger Movement, and the Gilded Age, before beginning to wane following the arrival of the automobile, the Interstate Commerce Commission, World War I, and the Great Depression. A brief growth spurt during World War II was short-lived, and it was followed by the collapse of several major railroads and the formation of Amtrak and Conrail. Looking ahead to the future of the railroad in the Great Lakes region, Meints assesses the strengths and shortcomings of this revolutionary invention. With careful attention to the personal impact of the railroad, Meints recognizes in brief biographies the many men and women responsible for the development and operation of Michigan railroads, as well as the triumphs, tragedies, and spaces that shaped their lives and work.

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Review Peter A. Hansen (Fall/Winter 2013) Review of "Railroads for Michigan". Railroad History (pp. 104-106). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Grant, H. Roger
Young, David M.
Kornweibel, Theodore
Welsh, Joe
Howes, Bill
Holland, Kevin J.
Railroad History
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Voyageur Press
Indiana University Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Morning Sun Books
Land transportation
Locomotives, steam
Technology and society
Bailey, John Henry (1818-1890)
Parks, Gordon
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
Pullman Palace Car Company
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Company
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Company
Strasburg Railroad

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