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Westward to Promontory: Building the Union Pacific across the Plains and Mountains, A Pictorial Documentary Hardcover – January 1, 1969

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Promontory Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883940116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883940112
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alan Boehmer on April 7, 2013
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This is a coffee table book featuring contact print reproductions of A.J. Russell's wonderfully detailed photographs of the entire Union Pacific enterprise. The original 10x13" glass plates came to light only in the 1960s. The text is skimpy, but illuminating. The great value of this book is the photographs, all long time exposures, processed on the spot.
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I enjoyed the book because it didn't take long to read. The pictures were outstanding!!! They showed much history. It really is unbelievable how much virgin territory was opened due to the railroad. I enjoyed reading the little anecdotal details about the pictures. One picture was actually like a Where's Waldo? as you try to find as many as 100 men in one picture!!! It shows the grit and determination in the faces of those strong brave men who built this great railroad!! Lots of historical pictures too!!
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"Westward to Promontory" is an easy to read book with historically significant photographs that includes some I have never seen before. The text type is large and complements the wonderful photos that detail the building of the Union Pacific railroad to Promontory Point. Specifically, the book is a pictorial documentary of the men who built, and the women who supported these men in building the Union Pacific railroad across the American plains and mountains. The book's photographs were made from glass negatives of photographer Andrew J. Russell. This book makes a fine addition to a person who collects items documenting historically significant events in American history.

A companion book is the "High Road to Promontory" that documents the building of the Central Pacific across the high Sierra Mountains.
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