Friend's Email: Subject:I have found a book that I think you would enjoy
High Road to Promontory - Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra
High Road to Promontory - Building the Central Pacific Across the High Sierra Author:George Kraus "This is the dramatic, fascinating story of the Central Pacific's (now the Southern Pacific according to the inside dust jacket flap) epic struggle to lay rails across the fearsome wall of the Sierra Nevada and the arid reaches of the desert in the face of nearly every natural and man-made obstacle that could be faced - and conquered. "it can't... more » be done," said the skeptics of a century ago, but with the exercise of vision, money and engineering muscle, determined railroad men tied the Atlantic to the Pacific with bands of steel that opened the West and forever changed its history."
Has more than 100 black & white illustrations & photos, plus a 19-page bibliography. "Author George Kraus devoted nearly 12 years to the research & writing of the entire story, including the physical barriers, political & financial problems, & social complications that had to be overcome, one-by-one, before the last rail could be laid at Promontory, Utah, to meet the Union Pacific rails and complete America's first transcontinental railroad. Enriched by numerous first-hand accounts (many of them published here for the first time) and profusely illustrated with the contemporary photographs of Alfred Hart, High Road to Promontory is a major contribution to the story of one of the greatest and most significant events in the history of America and the West."« less