The race underground :Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway /Doug Most.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-303568

Description

viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm, "In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers--Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City--pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world. The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about travelling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions"-- Provided by publisher.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Subways History.
Subways Design and construction
Urban transportation
Competition
TRANSPORTATION / Public Transportation.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General.
Eisenbahnbau.
Stadtverkehr.
Untergrundbahn.
Wettbewerb.
History 19th century.

Originator

Most, Doug.

Contents

Introduction: Two Cities, One Crisis -- PART I. THE VISIONARIES -- A Secret Subway -- Where Spirits, the Devil and the Dead Live -- A Family for the Ages -- History Made in Richmond -- PART II. THE BLIZZARD AND THE BILLIONAIRES -- The Blizzard That Changed Everything -- New York City's Moses -- William Whitney's Missed Opportunity -- The Engineer and the Piano Maker -- The Rise and Fall of Henry Whitney -- PART III. TRAGEDIES, TRIUMPHS -- Bidding to Build History -- "Meehanville" -- Boom! -- "First Car off the Earth!" -- The Brains, the Builder and the Banker -- Playing with Dynamite -- October 27, 1904 -- Epilogue -- Author's Note.

Description

viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers--Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City--pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world. The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about travelling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions"-- Provided by publisher.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Gift of Carl R. Nold, 2014.

ISBN

9780312591328 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
0312591322 (hardcover : alkaline paper)

Call Number

Stacks HE4491.B782 M67 2014

Other People and Orgs

Whitney, Henry Melville, 1839-1923.
Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904.

Material Type

Case studies.

Places

Massachusetts Boston
New York (State) New York
United States
Boston (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Boston, Mass.
New York, NY.

Edition

First edition.