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Description - The Great Northern Railway by Ralph W. Hidy

In the sprawling Northwest, from the upper Mississippi River valley to Puget Sound, no railroad shaped the landscape and society like the Great Northern Railway Company. This is the complete history of that enterprise, from 1856, when the first charter was granted, through the era of James J. Hill-known as the Empire Builder-to its maturation and eventual merger in 1970, when the eight-thousand-mile Great Northern was incorporated into the massive Burlington Northern. The Great Northern Railway highlights the changes brought on by economic, political, social, and technological advances, including world wars, increased competition from other modes of transportation, and tighter government restrictions. The first part of the book (1856-1916) examines the railway's early strategies and philosophy, relations with employees, and vigorous campaigns to develop the service area. The second part of the history (1916-1970) offers an assessment of a dramatic period of transition for the railroad-international conflicts, the Great Depression, the rise of motor vehicles, increasing labor costs, and stronger unions. Illustrated with more than two hundred maps, period photographs, and drawings, the volume also includes appendixes listing the original track-laying history, track removals, ruling grades on main freight routes, and main line ruling grades from Minneapolis to Seattle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816644292
ISBN-10: 0816644292
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 274mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ralph W. Hidy

Ralph W. Hidy and Muriel E. Hidy were professors of business history at Harvard Business School. Roy V. Scott is professor of history at Mississippi State University. Don L. Hofsommer is professor of history at St. Cloud State University.