By Earle B. Young
After the Civil struggle a convergence of conditions supplied Galveston with an remarkable chance for progress and improvement. Geography, demography, and know-how mixed to desire Galveston's advertisement improvement, and town seized on those components to spur its development as an enormous transportation middle. via 1900, Galveston served because the prime seaport for the global cargo of grain and cotton and as a massive gateway to what lay west of the Mississippi.
Galveston and the nice West strains Galveston's emergence as a key American port urban: from its preliminary notion by way of risk-taking businessmen and bold civic leaders in the course of the thirty-five years it took to gain the goals of a world-class harbor able to dealing with the biggest ships afloat. writer Earle B. younger interweaves significant subject matters: the expertise that used to be then being constructed and hired in cutting edge methods and the private position of marketers and engineers who jointly conceived the targets, made the plans, and finally carried them out regardless of many obstacles.
Young tells the tale of Galveston's technical and political struggles, equivalent to engineering a twenty-five-foot-deep harbor channel and profitable federal appropriations by way of enlisting the aid of the Rocky Mountain and Plains states. He additional exhibits how the technology—the jetties and the railroads—enabled Galveston to turn into the focus of a land-sea transportation community that capitalized on Galveston's targeted geographical place to serve the newly populated western areas of the continent.
Young's paintings at NASA has trained his deep figuring out of and recognize for the complexities of engineering feats and govt involvement in technological issues. His thorough grab of the dynamics of good fortune and failure in a complicated engineering setting gave his research into Galveston's brilliant prior a ready-made concentration. the result's a full of life and penetrating background of expertise and transportation that would turn out to be of curiosity to the overall reader in addition to to Texas and western historians.