Image from page 495 of "History of Nebraska from the earliest explorations of the trans-Mississippi region" (1918)
Subjects: Nebraska -- History
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to the southern route was demoral-ized where it was not devastated by warthe other hand, the great natural I Matte riverroute was in direct line westward with the rial tier of states of which Chicago hadalready become the commercial entrepot, and at least four trunk lines of railway from thatgreat central point would naturally reach the 47. HISTORY OF NEBRASKA Missouri river north of the line between Iowaand Missouri and within reach of the in-fluence of the Platte route magnet. The actof 1864 provided that any company having aline reaching Sioux City from the east mightbuild the Sioux City & Pacific branch. Inorder to avail themselves of lands then morevaluable than those lying across the Missouri,the builders, John I. Blair and Oakes Ames,kept the road on the Iowa side to a point op-posite Blair, and then made the connection atFremont. This branch was never a part ofthe Union Pacific system, and in 1884 it fellinto the control of the Chicago & Northwes-tern railroad company.
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Thomas C. DurantChief promoter, Union Pacific railroad There was a bitter controversy in Congressover the passage of the amendatory act of1864, and the opposition in the House was ledby two eminent members, E. B. Washburneof Illinois, a republican, and William H. Hol-man of Indiana, a democrat. Mr. Holmandemanded that provision should be made forcarrying the property and troops of the UnitedStates free of charge, and he predicted thatthe government would get nothing more inreturn for its aid. Mr. Washburne wasunsparing in denunciation of the bill, andespecially of the famous section 10, whichsubordinated the government loan to the lienof the mortgage bonds. He denounced thischange as the most monstrous and flagrantattempt to overreach the government and thepeople that can be found in all the legislative annals of the country. He questioned thatthere had been compliance with the provisionof the charter limiting the stock held by oneperson to two hundred shares, or that someof the direc
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