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Not easily deduced from the RR map is the tremendous importance of Buffalo New York.  Located on Lake Erie it was a major center of grain trading.  What "killed" the trade was the completion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 03:22:50 PM EST
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