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Over the Alleghenies

Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania

Robert J. Kapsch (author)

ISBN: 9781933202693

Publication Date: Nov 2013

Format: Paperback

Provides the definitive history of the state of Pennsylvania's incredible canal and railroad system. Although often condemned as a colossal failure, this construction effort remains an innovative, magnificent feat that ushered in modern transportation to Pennsylvania and the entire US.
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Between 1826 and 1858 the state of Pennsylvania built and operated the largest and most technologically advanced system of canals and railroads in North America - almost one thousand miles of transport that stretched from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond.

The construction of this ambitious transportation system was accompanied by great euphoria. It was widely believed that the revenue created from these canals and railroads would eliminate the need for all taxes on state citizens. Yet with the Panic of 1837, a financial crisis much like boom and bust cycle that ended in 2008, a deep recession fell across the country.

By 1858, Pennsylvania had sold all canals and railroads to private companies, often for pennies-on-the-dollar.

Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania is the definitive history of the state of Pennsylvania's incredible canal and railroad system. Although often condemned as a colossal failure, this construction effort remains an innovative, magnificent feat that ushered in modern transportation to Pennsylvania and the entire country. With extensive primary research, over one hundred illustrations, newspapers clippings, and charts and graphs, Over the Alleghenies examines and dissects the infrastructure project that bankrupted the wealthiest state in the Union.
Pages 449
Dimensions 254 x 229
Date Published 30 Nov 2013
Publisher West Virginia University Press
Subject/s Architecture   Transport: general interest   Trains & railways: general interest   Ships & shipping: general interest  
Robert J. Kapsch, PhD, Hon. AIA, ASCE, spent fifteen years as the Chief of Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, the U.S. government's premier documentation program, and has served as project engineer for many historic restoration and rehabilitation projects along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and other parks. He is the author of several books and articles on historic architecture and engineering, including The Potomac Canal: George Washington and the Waterway West; Historic Canals and Waterways of South Carolina and CANALS, the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook in Architecture, Design and Engineering. He and his wife, Perry, live on a farm in Poolesville, Maryland, along with their three dogs, three horses, four donkeys and other assorted animals.

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