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Agreed. Rail's initial use was very much to ship products to river ports and/or to create rail portages between rivers and lakes. But the Arkansas was not navigable much beyond Little Rock and the Missouri was highly seasonal above Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rail really came into its own with the trans-continental lines begun during and finished after the Civil War.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 03:26:09 PM EST
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I agree.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 03:37:03 PM EST
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