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In the decade before the Civil War various north and south lines of railway were projected and some of these were assisted by grants of land from the Federal Government.
Horses and mules, and even sail cars, made more rapid progress than did the earliest locomotive.
Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history.
Farmers, merchants, manufacturers, and the traveling public have all had their troubles with the transportation lines, and the difficulties to which these struggles have given rise have produced that problem which is even now apparently far from solution.
Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious falling off in general business.
As the contest proceeded, public interest increased and the entire country watched to see which company would win the big government subsidies through the mountains.
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