Description - Going Places by Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes
It seems difficult even to imagine the modern West without reference to its planes, trains and automobiles. Freeways define modern Los Angeles, as Route 66 still recalls the freedom of the open road. Seattle, long home to Boeing, gave birth to jetliners such as the 707. And once trains with glamorous names like The Sunset Limited and The Great Northern Flyer carried passengers in posh luxury through the grand vistas of the West. But those same corridors often leaven despair with opportunity for those who dream that the mobility brought by car, train and plane will help them find better jobs or escape from their pasts. "Going Places" looks at three major ways in which transportation has shaped the great Western landscape. There are the transformations brought about by a railroad right-of-way, highway corridors, waterways and airports, and the larger impacts of transportation on the landscape, such as the development that followed the iron rails westward. Finally, the author considers how travellers experience the passing landscape as framed by the windows of automobiles, passenger trains and jetliners, and what that might mean.
He examines the interconnections between railroad, highway, aviation and waterways, and between society and modes of transportation. This narrative travels the length and breadth of a vast space, with anecdotes and telling details that bring the story to life.
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(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Author Biography - Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes
Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes is the St. Louis Mercantile Library Endowed Professor of Transportation Studies and the West at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.