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Rails through the Wiregrass
A History of the Georgia & Florida Railroad
H. Roger Grant
“A meticulous account of a long-neglected railroad by one of the nation’s best-known railroad historians.”—Maury Klein, University of Rhode Island
"The most thorough study on this fascinating railroad."—Robert H. Hanson, author of History of the Georgia Railroad and The West Point Route
"As always with Grant's railroad histories, research was thorough."—Journal of Southern History
The Georgia & Florida Railroad began with bright promise, but like many other enterprises in the early 20th-century South, it experienced hard times. The story begins in 1906, when—responding to a perceived need for better connections to northern markets—a group of entrepreneurs led by prominent Virginia banker John Skelton Williams began to cobble together logging short lines to create more than 350 miles of railroad connecting Augusta, Georgia, with Madison, Florida.
(2006) 239 pp., 27 illus.
H. Roger Grant, Professor of History at Clemson University, is author of 23 books, most of them on railroad history. His earlier company histories cover the Chicago & North Western, the Chicago Great Western, the Erie Lackawanna, and the Wabash railroads.
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