This book tells the story of how Collis and Henry Huntington built their railroading empire into Southern California between the 1870’s and the Great Merger of 1911. In so doing, it is a capitalist’s history of all of Southern California which includes the numerous railroad companies and individuals who tried to stop the Huntington’s progress to forward their own plans and schemes. Thus was the birth of the Pacific Electric Railway and how it grew into the largest and most successful electric railway in the world; with 1,100 miles of track in four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Author Paul Smedley spent 35 years doing primary research so as to not rehash any old stories and has meticulously connected the dots as to how things unfolded in the press and how public opinion played an occasional role. Enhancing the pages are reproductions of photos, news clippings and maps to insure the story be told in the best way possible. (Golden West Books)
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