Claudius Crozet and the Blue Ridge Railroad

Selected Letters

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"This thankless business" 


And so ended, in 1858, the last letter that Claudius Crozet wrote about the greatest challenge of his engineering career—construction of the Blue Ridge Railroad. One hundred and thirty accurately transcribed letters trace in detail the events that plagued him. These included the almost-unbearable burden of vicious petitions calling for investigation of his management. It’s no wonder that Crozet resigned four months before the Blue Ridge Tunnel opened in 1858.


Claudius Crozet and the Blue Ridge Railroad: Selected Letters offers a private look at the public man. Annotated and searchable, the letters are illustrated with rare historic documents and antique maps. The images allow a glimpse of antebellum railroad history as it unfolded. Recent photographs—never published before—reveal the culverts, cuts, tunnels, and tracks that still survive, long after Crozet sought, as he wrote, "to accommodate as speedily as possible the traveling public."

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2017
13 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
431
Pages
PUBLISHER
Mary E. Lyons
SELLER
Mary E. Lyons
SIZE
81.5
MB

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