Over the Alleghenies

Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania


Author: Robert J. Kapsch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933202693

Category: Architecture

Page: 449

View: 1662

Between 1826 and 1858 the state of Pennsylvania built and operated the largest and most technologically advanced system of canals and railroads in North America - almost one thousand miles of transport that stretched from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond. The construction of this ambitious transportation system was accompanied by great euphoria. It was widely believed that the revenue created from these canals and railroads would eliminate the need for all taxes on state citizens. Yet with the Panic of 1837, a financial crisis much like boom and bust cycle that ended in 2008, a deep recession fell across the country. By 1858, Pennsylvania had sold all canals and railroads to private companies, often for pennies-on-the-dollar. Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania is the definitive history of the state of Pennsylvania's incredible canal and railroad system. Although often condemned as a colossal failure, this construction effort remains an innovative, magnificent feat that ushered in modern transportation to Pennsylvania and the entire country. With extensive primary research, over one hundred illustrations, newspapers clippings, and charts and graphs, Over the Alleghenies examines and dissects the infrastructure project that bankrupted the wealthiest state in the Union.

Around Cresson and the Alleghenies


Author: Anne Frances Pulling, Sr.,Sr Anne Frances Pulling

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738590400

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 5724

The Allegheny Mountains constantly challenged early settlers to use their creativity and skills to conquer what seemed an almost insurmountable barrier. The founding fathers recognized potential in the area both as a resort and as a thriving town that would attract industry. Through hard work and innovation, an all-rail route over the mountains was established, linking the area with important industrial and trade centers. Many people came to Cresson to enjoy the health and recreational benefits of its natural springs, and the area's "pike" afforded the first stage link between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. When the Pennsylvania Railroad established headquarters here, with a roundhouse, machine shops, and branch lines, the area entered an era of industrial prosperity. I n this remarkable volume, over 200 rare images are combines with informative and insightful text. Early views of the famous Horseshoe Curve, the Gallitzin Tunnels, and the Mountain House are delightfully intertwined with photographs of homes, workplaces, churches, and the people who made the area prosper and grow. Readers visit Loretto, a town founded by "A Prince-Priest, Demetrius A. Gallitzin, Apostle of the Alleghenies" and they are transported to Portage and Lilly, areas of woodlands that gave rise to numerous sawmills.

Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies

The Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1856-2005


Author: Walter Jacob

Publisher: N.A


Category: Jews

Page: 370

View: 4981

These essays place this premier Jewish congregation into a broader setting both in the Jewish and general community. They deal with the rabbinate, architecture and broader impact of the congregation. Rodef Shalom was the site of two documents which define Reform Judaism in the United States.

Storm Over the Land

A Profile of the Civil War


Author: Carl Sandburg

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0544798872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 484

View: 9957

Writings on the American Civil War selected from the Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, with illustrations and maps. Drawn from Carl Sandburg’s magisterial biography of the sixteenth US president, this volume focuses in on the War Between the States, bringing the author’s trademark clarity and vivid style to this dark and dramatic period in the nation’s history. Moving from Sumter to Shiloh, Antietam to Gettysburg, Storm Over the Land is a classic chronicle of this bloody conflict, richly illustrated with halftones and drawings.

Civil-military Relations During the War of 1812


Author: Reginald C. Stuart

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0275982009

Category: History

Page: 174

View: 5452

Examines and reflects on how ideology, personality, politics, and policy intertwined with events to shape civil-military ideas, attitudes, policies, institutions, and actions from the 1780s through to the post-1815 era.



Author: P. Louis DeRose

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738536521

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 9154

An album of captioned photos of Greensburg, Pennsylvania with information on the history of the town.

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard

A Cultural History


Author: William Kerrigan

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421407299

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 9118

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard illuminates the meaning of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman's life and the environmental and cultural significance of the plant he propagated. Creating a startling new portrait of the eccentric apple tree planter, William Kerrigan carefully dissects the oral tradition of the Appleseed myth and draws upon material from archives and local historical societies across New England and the Midwest. The character of Johnny Appleseed stands apart from other frontier heroes like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, who employed violence against Native Americans and nature to remake the West. His apple trees, nonetheless, were a central part of the agro-ecological revolution at the heart of that transformation. Yet men like Chapman, who planted trees from seed rather than grafting, ultimately came under assault from agricultural reformers who promoted commercial fruit stock and were determined to extend national markets into the West. Over the course of his life John Chapman was transformed from a colporteur of a new ecological world to a curious relic of a pre-market one. Weaving together the stories of the Old World apple in America and the life and myth of John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard casts new light on both. -- James Gilbert, University of Maryland

Fateful Lightning

A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction


Author: Allen C. Guelzo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199939365

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 7196

The Civil War is the greatest trauma ever experienced by the American nation, a four-year paroxysm of violence that left in its wake more than 600,000 dead, more than 2 million refugees, and the destruction (in modern dollars) of more than $700 billion in property. The war also sparked some of the most heroic moments in American history and enshrined a galaxy of American heroes. Above all, it permanently ended the practice of slavery and proved, in an age of resurgent monarchies, that a liberal democracy could survive the most frightful of challenges. In Fateful Lightning, two-time Lincoln Prize-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo offers a marvelous portrait of the Civil War and its era, covering not only the major figures and epic battles, but also politics, religion, gender, race, diplomacy, and technology. And unlike other surveys of the Civil War era, it extends the reader's vista to include the postwar Reconstruction period and discusses the modern-day legacy of the Civil War in American literature and popular culture. Guelzo also puts the conflict in a global perspective, underscoring Americans' acute sense of the vulnerability of their republic in a world of monarchies. He examines the strategy, the tactics, and especially the logistics of the Civil War and brings the most recent historical thinking to bear on emancipation, the presidency and the war powers, the blockade and international law, and the role of intellectuals, North and South. Written by a leading authority on our nation's most searing crisis, Fateful Lightning offers a vivid and original account of an event whose echoes continue with Americans to this day.

Somerset Historical Center

Pennsylvania Trail of History Guide


Author: Lorett Treese

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811731423

Category: History

Page: 48

View: 9516

A guide to western Pennsylvania's rural heritage museum in Somerset that recalls the fervent spirit that settled the Pennsylvania frontier. The site features historic and reproduction buildings and a museum that illustrate the history of agriculture and the evolving technology that continues to advance farming in this region. Pennsylvania Trail of History Guides: Each handbook in this continuing series focuses on one of the historic sites or museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, with a concise history of the subject, detailed tour of the grounds, and full-color photographs.