Only a railroad, Whitney argued, would cause the Sioux and the buffalo they hunted to move northward from the Central Plains.
Whitney foresaw a peaceful settlement between white settlers and Native American Indians. He was wrong about that, wrong too about his own likely involvement in the building of such a road and how long the task would take.
He thought it would happen within a few years, and so he toured the country, organizing railroad conventions. He worked Congress, securing funds for surveys. He approached banks, appealing for investment.
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A decade passed before he gave up and went into reclusive, heartbroken retirement. But the dream of the transcontinental lived on, so that by the mids this tantalizing grand idea was espoused by idealists and boosters on the one hand, and dogged on the other by practical considerations and acrimonious sectarian rivalry. Who would, or could, build such a road?
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And where, exactly, would it go? A southern route was warmly advocated by southern interests. Northern businessmen favored, predictably, a quite different way. Menu More Topics. Get the App.
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