Post roads & iron horses : transportation in Connecticut from colonial times to the age of steam
- DeLuca, Richard.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- The land and its first inhabitants
- Colonial Connecticut
- Turnpikes and stagecoaches
- Steamboats and canals
- The railroad, part I
- The railroad, part II
- Conclusion: a period of transition
- Appendix A: population by geomorphic region, 1800/1920
- Appendix B: corporation charters
- Appendix C: Connecticut rail lines.
Post Roads & Iron Horses is the first book to look in detail at the turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads, and trolleys (street railroads) that helped define Connecticut and shape New England. Advances in transportation technology during the nineteenth century transformed the Constitution State from a rough network of colonial towns to an industrial powerhouse of the Gilded Age. From the race to build the Farmington Canal to the shift from water to rail transport, historian and transportation engineer Richard DeLuca gives us engaging stories and traces the significant themes that emerge as American innovators and financiers, lawyers and legislators, struggle to control the movement of passengers and goods in southern New England. The book contains over fifty historical images and maps, and provides an excellent point of view from which to interpret the history of New England as a whole. This is an indispensable reference book for those interested in Connecticut history and a great gift for transportation buffs of all kinds.
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- Post roads and iron horses
- Driftless Connecticut series
- Garnet books
- 0819571733 (electronic bk.)
- 9780819571731 (electronic bk.)