The West the Railroads Made (Nonfiction) Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronda, University of Washington Press, $39.95, Hardcover.

Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronda, University of Washington Press, $39.95, Hardcover.
Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronda, University of Washington Press, $39.95, Hardcover.

This lavishly illustrated book is the companion volume to an exhibition at the Washington State History Museum. Schwantes and Ronda discuss how the rail proliferated by region, focusing chiefly on the Northwest. Examples of physical and intellectual changes include trestles and tunnels that transformed the landscape and time standardization that synchronized the nation. The treasury of pamphlets, maps and promotional materials from St. Louis Mercantile Library’s Barriger Railroad Library and the Washington State Historical Society collections complement the lively text. Railroad and Western America enthusiasts will appreciate The West the Railroads Made.

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