Chapter

“Shall This Destruction Proceed?”

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/9780520200197.003.0013
“Shall This Destruction Proceed?”

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This chapter discusses the Southern Pacific's interest in conservation, particularly the preservation of the wilderness. It examines the effect of the construction and operation of these rail lines on the natural ecological systems present in California and the western regions. The chapter shows the participation of Southern Pacific leaders in resource conservation programs and the environmental policies of the Southern Pacific. It then moves on to examine the partnership of the Southern Pacific with John Muir, in order to build the Yosemite National Park. The discussion considers the various obstacles they faced, as well as the other national parks that they built, such as the Sequoia National Park.

Keywords: conservation; wilderness preservation; rail lines; ecological systems; environment policy; resource conservation programs; Yosemite National Park; Sequoia National Park

Chapter.  11225 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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