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Men of Vision Southern Pacific Leaders, Land, Agriculture, and the Development of California and the West

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520200197.003.0002
Men of Vision Southern Pacific Leaders, Land, Agriculture, and the Development of California and the West

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This chapter is concerned with the development that occurred in the western regions and in California. The first section shows that the initial excitement of the people over the arrival of the railroads in California turned to disappointment. The chapter then examines the common areas of self-interest shared by the Southern Pacific Company and the public. It states that these self-interests bound the Company to the welfare of its region. The chapter ends with a discussion on the promotion and development programs of the Southern Pacific Company officials for agricultural change. It then expounds on two important parts of the development program: land settlement and water development.

Keywords: self-interest; welfare; promotion; development programs; agricultural change; land settlement; water development

Chapter.  7073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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