ALASKA'S RAILROAD BUILDER by Edward A. Herron

ALASKA'S RAILROAD BUILDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mike Henry grew up during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and from earliest years had a vision of the challenge of rails encompassing the wide extent of difficult terrain. And it was to this task that he dedicated his life, as he covered untravelled and inaccessible miles of Alaska with the rails that brought it within reach of profitable commerce and industry. He built himself a huge fortune; he was sought after by San Francisco's socialites; and when at forty five, still obsessed with the lure of an opening Alaska he died, in 1910, he left as his monument the network of railroads which, for 27 years, carried two hundred million dollars worth of copper ore from Kennicott down to the sea, and other roads which continue to play their vital role in Alaska's transportation system.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1960
Publisher: Messner