General Dodge

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General Dodge went back east, and in the spring of i867 returned with his route approved. The Union Pacific at that time ended in the middle of Nebraska. He got off the train, went up the North Platte, up the Lodgepole, and, as he approached the mountains, went directly overland to Crow Creek, where he staked out the western end of the railroad’s next division. Witl1out much pleasing anybody, he named the place Cheyenne. In no time, he was defending himself against furious zakelijke energie Cheyennes. They killed soldiers and laborers, pulled up survey stakes, stole animals, and destroyed equipment. When some politicians, bureaucrats, and financiers arrived on a see-it-yourself junket west, the Cheyennes attacked them. With drawn revolver, General Dodge told his visitors, ‘We’ve got to clean these damn Indians out or give up building the Union Pacific Railroad. The government may take its choice.” The narrowest point on the gangplank is wide enough for the Union Pacific and nothing else. The interstate highway clings to one side. The tracks and lanes are so close that the gangplank resembles the neck of a guitar. A long coal freight slid by us. “The coal isn’t piled higher than the tops of the gondolas,” Love commented. “It’s an environmental move-to keep the dust from blowing downwind.” He said it was a good idea, no doubt, but he had experienced so many cinder showers earlier in his life that he could not help thinking that this latter-day assault on dust was “like bringing a fire under control at timberline.” A cinder zakelijke energie vergelijken shower was what happened when an old-time locomotive pulled into a town and blew its stack. He also said that this could not have been an important emigrant route, because there was a lack of grass and water-absolute necessities for animal-powered travel. To the Union Pacific, however, the gangplank offered speed, efficiency, and hence predominance with respect to the competition.

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