BOOK REVIEWS: When the Grass Stood Stirrup-high: Facts, Photographs and Myths of West-Central Colorado
We see what we want to see. That seems especially true of Lieutenant Edward Beale, who, the winter before he reported for duty as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in California in 1853, traveled west along what was dubbed the “Central Route to the Pacific.” If that sounds vaguely like a railroad line, it should. His patron, Senator Thomas Hart Benton (D-MO) snagged a $250,000 appropriation for Beale's excursion, funds that came with a catch: Beale was to keep a detailed record of his journey accenting its positive attributes to reinforce Benton's contention that the government-sanctioned transcontinental railroad should hug the 38th parallel. Benton received the report he paid for, as the final account left no doubt that the “Central Route” was “the most practical and economical” of those surveyed.
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Affiliations: Trinity University San Antonio TX
Publication date: 2005-06-01
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