Bound For Glory

Bound For Glory (HMQP9)

Location: Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.336', W 79° 56.238'

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The Railroad Was A Nation Builder

There is no doubt that the railroad definedan American culture and personality thatis distinct from its European roots. At itsheart, the railroad was a nation builder - thepersonification of the brash, entrepreneurial spirit that the rest of the world saw in the United States. As early as 1827, William Aiken and Horatio Allen recognized the potential of the railroad to open new marketsand to make travel faster and safer. Trainschanged American perceptions of time, space, and distance forever and set thestage for later transportation developmentslike interstate highways and airplanes.

The railroads spurred technological growthand innovation. They affected how peopleand information were distributed acrossthe country. Railways helped settle themiddle and western regions of the UnitedStates, and were a source of employment for thousands of new immigrants. Theywere a catalyst for the development oflabor unions.

The power of the railroad as an icon andsymbol of American life is revealed timeand again through the works of Americanauthors, poets, playwrights, movie-makers,painters, and songwriters. These artistsimmortalized trains as glamorous, tragic,romantic, sinister, and patriotic settingsfor the stories of America. Although trains are no longer a part of the everyday life of most Americans, they still continue to capture our imagination.

"We reached Sans Souci in quick anddouble quick time...before any of us had time to determinewhether or not it was prudent to be scared."
*Charleston Courier, 1830*
HM NumberHMQP9
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599511 N 3628388
Decimal Degrees32.78893333, -79.93730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.336', W 79° 56.238'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 20.16" N, 79° 56' 14.28" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36 John St, Charleston SC 29403, US
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