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:

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This chapter summarizes how the Southern Pacific Railroad affected the course of human affairs in its territories. Its contributions to water supply, environment and resource conservation, land grants, agriculture, and irrigation are highlighted. The chapter also shows the decline experienced by American railroads after the Second World War; the Southern Pacific Railroad is shown to be one of the most affected companies. It notes that the Southern Pacific Railroad effectively shut down on September 11, 1996.

Keywords: Southern Pacific railroad; water supply; conservation; land grants; agriculture; irrigation; American railroads

Chapter.  738 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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