Hell on Wheels

Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad

Author: Dick Kreck

Publisher: Fulcrum Pub

ISBN: 9781555919481

Category: History

Page: 265

View: 4206

Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. Kreck tells their stories along with those of the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West.

Hell on Wheels

Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad

Author: Dick Kreck,David Halass

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 1555919529

Category: Transportation

Page: 280

View: 4045

Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. They brought opportunity not only for legitimate business but also for gamblers, land speculators, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck tells their stories along with the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West.
Juvenile Fiction

The First Transcontinental Railroad

A History of the Building of the Pacific Railroad

Author: James K. Wheaton

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1610427610

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 879

The First Transcontinental Railroad, originally called the Pacific Railroad, was a railroad built in the United States between 1863 and 1869 that connected the western part of America with its eastern part. Built by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad, it connected the Eastern terminus of Council Bluffs, Iowa/Omaha, Nebraska with the railroad lines of the Pacific Ocean at Oakland, California. In time, it would link in with the existing railway network present on the Eastern Coast of America, thus connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coast of the United States for the first time by rail. Because of this, the line received a second nickname, “the Overland Route.” The railroad was a government operation, authorized by Congress during the height of the Civil War. Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Acts in 1862 and again in 1864. To pay for it, the US government issued 30 year bonds, as well as granting government land to contractors. The construction of the line was a major achievement by both the Union Pacific (constructing westward from Iowa) and the Central Pacific (constructing eastward from California). The line was officially opened on May 10, 1869, with the Last Spike driven through the railway at Promontory Summit, Utah. James K. Wheaton looks at the history in this eBook.

Empire Express

Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

Author: David Haward Bain

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101658045

Category: History

Page: 816

View: 1721

After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event. Beginning in 1842 with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. From self--made entrepreneurs such as the Union Pacific's Thomas Durant and era--defining figures such as President Lincoln to the thousands of laborers whose backbreaking work made the railroad possible, this extraordinary narrative summons an astonishing array of voices to give new dimension not only to this epic endeavor but also to the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history.

A Great and Shining Road

The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

Author: John Hoyt Williams

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803297890

Category: Transportation

Page: 341

View: 7837

The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads were officially joined on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, with the driving of a golden spike. This historic ceremony marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Spanning the Sierras and the “Great American Desert,” the tracks connected San Francisco to Council Bluffs, Iowa. A Great and Shining Road is the exciting story of a mammoth feat that called forth entrepreneurial daring, financial wizardry, technological innovation, political courage and chicanery, and the heroism of thousands of laborers.

Murder at the Brown Palace

A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal

Author: Dick Kreck

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555914639

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 9266

This tragic story of a spectacular crime of passion.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Railroad Fever

Building the Transcontinental Railroad, 1830-1870

Author: Monica Halpern

Publisher: National Geographic Society

ISBN: 9780792267676

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 3779

Presents a history of the building of the transcontinental railroad and its effects on American life.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation

The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

Author: Martin W. Sandler

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763680419

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

View: 2458

In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

Denver in Flames

Forging a New Mile High City

Author: Dick Kreck

Publisher: Fulcrum Pub

ISBN: 9781555914448

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 1632

Denver in Flames recounts in compelling, journalistic fashion the triumphs and tragedies of the Mile High City's firefighters, and the disastrous fires they fought between 1863 and 1974.

Nothing Like It In The World

The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9780684846095

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 6138

Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
Juvenile Nonfiction

The Transcontinental Railroad

Connecting the Nation

Author: Therese Harasymiw

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1534561382

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 104

View: 2468

Readers may know the basic facts about the creation of the first transcontinental railroad, but the full story behind the push to connect the United States by rail is much more than the names and dates taught in history classes. Readers discover the exciting, important details—including the contributions of immigrants—as they encounter engaging main text, comprehensive sidebars, and historical images that include carefully chosen primary sources. These text features come together to give readers an in-depth look at the first successful attempt to connect the United States through transportation.
Biography & Autobiography

Tom Horn

blood on the moon : dark history of the murderous cattle detective

Author: Chip Carlson

Publisher: High Plains Pr


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 379

View: 555

Horn was a death sentence to rustlers and the devil incarnate to homesteaders in late nineteenth-century Wyoming. The most notorious of the range detectives and the pre-eminent name in Wyoming history, he operated unchecked until he was arrested for the 1901 murder of the fourteen-year-old son of a sheep-ranching settler. The murder and questionable nature of Horn's conviction still ignite firestorms of controversy among historians and Wyomingites in general. With findings never before published, author Chip Carlson's monumental research draws the reader into questioning whether Tom Horn was actually railroaded for a murder he did not commit -- but could have. In this, Carlson's third book on events surrounding Tom Horn, he points to the probable killer of Willie Nickell. Many photographs and documents enhance this new book. Cover and interior artwork have been provided by Wyoming artist Larry Edgar. A foreword by Larry D. Ball, Ph.D., places the events in perspective. Before he was hanged Horn said, "I have lived about fifteen ordinary lives. I would like to have had somebody who saw my past and could picture it to the public. It would be the most god damn interesting reading in the country." Now author Chip Carlson provides that reading.
Biography & Autobiography

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4134

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Rich People Behaving Badly

Author: Dick Kreck

Publisher: Fulcrum Group

ISBN: 9781936218233

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 2459

Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest in the naughty behavior of the rich and famous will never be satisfied. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck takes us back through Colorado's history to show that the foibles of people--rich or poor--remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver’s "Sacred 36” circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a "prince” in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; Irene Nolan, who cavorted late into the night with her family priest; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Hollywood apartment. "Rich People Behaving Badly" exposes the scandals, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain misbehavior from Colorado's past.
Social Science

Petticoat Prisoners of Old Wyoming

Author: Larry K. Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780931271557

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

View: 6263

Historian Larry Brown once again uses his incredible research skills to bring the Old West to life. In this third volume of Brown's territorial crime series, he introduces us to the twenty-three women who served time in Old Wyoming's penitentiary. What did these women, wearing frills, lace, and their best bonnets for their mug shots, do to deserve time behind bars? Anna Bruce baked poison into her father's plum pie; Anna Trout abandoned her grandson in a train depot; Stella Gatlin found her kleptomania didn't mix with her work as a postmaster; Eliza "Big Jack" Stewart shot a man in the neck at a dance. The photographs in this book alone make it worth the price.

Crime, Justice and Retribution in the American West, 1850-1900

Author: Jeremy Agnew

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476664471

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 4935

Western movies are full of images of swaggering outlaws brought to justice by valiant lawmen shooting them down in daring gunfights before riding off into the sunset. In reality it would not have happened that way. Real lawmen did not simply walk away from a gunfight--they had to face the legal system and justify shooting a civilian in the line of duty. Providing a more realistic view of criminal justice in the Old West, this history focuses on how criminals came into conflict with the law and how the law responded. The process is described in detail, from the common crimes of the day--such as train robbery and cattle theft--to the methods of apprehending criminals to their adjudication and punishment by incarceration, flogging or hanging.

The Modern Railroad

Author: Edward Hungerford

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465539670

Category: Railroads

Page: 476

View: 9599


The Virginian

A Horseman of the Plains

Author: Owen Wister

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611449X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1942

Set in the vast Wyoming territory, this masterpiece helped establish the code of the West and its stereotypical characters. The novel also features the first known "shootout" in American literature.

How To Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451621716

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 1242

You can go after the job you want—and get it! You can take the job you have—and improve it! You can take any situation—and make it work for you! Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you: -Six ways to make people like you -Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking -Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment And much more! Achieve your maximum potential—a must-read for the twenty-first century with more than 15 million copies sold!