A map has been provided in Volume I to orient the reader to the locales described. It is an accurate and reliable travel aid for readers who choose to wander the region’s historic railroad routes.
In this volume, Myrick begins his history with coverage of the sprawling network of the northern railroads, including the Austin City Railway, Mid-Pacific Railroad, Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, and Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company.
“This is an admirable regional history of the last 150 years of regional growth with a sharp focus on the chief engine of that growth—the trains. Deeply, lovingly researched, Myrick’s will stand as the definitive history.” —Reference & Research Book News
“An absolute must for anyone interested in Western history, written with wit and pizazz, and presented with real skill.” —The Coast Book Review
"It's a fascinating, comprehensive coffee table-sized publication, even for non-railroad buffs." -Herald and News