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Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930

Richard Orsi

Abstract

The only major U.S. railroad to be operated by westerners and the only railroad built from west to east, the Southern Pacific acquired a unique history and character. It also acquired a reputation, especially in California, as a railroad that people loved to hate. This magisterial history tells the full story of the Southern Pacific, shattering myths about the company that have prevailed to this day. It explores the railroad's development and influence—especially as it affected land settlement, agriculture, water policy, and the environment—and offers a new perspective on the tremendous, often ... More

Keywords: railroad, California, land settlement, agriculture, environment, American West, small-scale farming, land distribution, water conservation, parkland preservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520200197
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520200197.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Orsi, author