The commercial Revolution rode into Texas at the railroads. the whole country witnessed the political and economic system swap because the tracks have been laid, growing city facilities or even a brand new governmental physique, the Texas Railroad fee. whilst, Galveston used to be a urban on a challenge to develop into the first seaport for the nice West. jointly, the company technique of the railroads and the city's personal wish for greatness prepared the ground for Galveston's progress and transformation right into a point of interest of Texas railroad ventures.
In Tracks to the ocean: Galveston and Western Rail improvement, 18661900, Earle B. younger strains the efforts of "railroad generals" Jay Gould and Collis Huntington to manage Texas' railroad ventures, in addition to the struggles of the recent railroads outfitted in this period, reminiscent of the Houston and nice Northern, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, and the Houston and Texas critical. younger additionally examines the boys at the back of the rails, and the targets and rivalries which formed the routes and earnings of Texas railroads, specially Galveston's George Sealy in his conflict with New York's Gould for the path to the thriving seaport and Gould's festival with Huntington over who might dominate the southwestern lines.
By the top of the 19th century, those railroad developers had introduced Galveston to a place of nationwide prominence as a transportation middle. together with the
ships calling at Galveston's new deep water harbor, the railroads supplied connections for all the western states with markets round the world.
Young, utilizing assets from the Rosenberg Library's Galveston historical past heart, the Kansas old Society, and the Library of Congress, devotes chapters to the financial ruin and revival of Sealy's Galveston's Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway.
Tracks to the ocean is excellent for an individual attracted to the historical past of Texas and Galveston, in addition to the desires, offers, and feuds that formed the railroad of the 1800s.