The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

of a Hertzog-produced book will be superior throughout. This
book has added charm from the illustrations of H. D. Bugbee,
but it is unfortunate that the Jos6 Cisneros map opposite page
one shows Mustang Draw and Sulphur Springs Creek as tribu-
taries of North Concho.
H. BAILEY CARROLL
The University of Texas
The Katy Railroad and the Last Frontier. By V. V. Masterson.
Norman, (University of Oklahoma Press), 1952- Pp. 312.
$4.00.
There are few forces in American history that have generated
as much real drama and as many instances of deep human interest
as did those arising from the building of the railroads across the
western frontiers during the latter half of the nineteenth' century.
The wild and woolly great Southwest could never have been
bridled and tamed without the civilizing effects of the railroad.
Yet the actual building of the railroad across the frontier areas
produced in its immediate wake almost every uncivilized expe-
rience known to man. The tycoons of money and industry fought
each other with no quarters given and none asked. Jay Gould,
Bob Parsons, John Scullin, Russell Sage, Grenville M. Dodge,
and others were big, rough, determined, and shrewd in every
sense of these words. It apparently took this kind of leader to
overcome the obstacles nature put in the way of building rail-
roads across the trackless country. When the hazards of nature
were not blocking the progress of the railroad builders, human
handicaps in the form of Indians, robbers, panics, and unscru-
pulous competitors were enough to discourage all but the strong-
est of heart.
In forty-one rather short, pointed chapters, the author traces
the history of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad from its
birth in Emporia, Kansas, on September 2o, 1865, to the present
day. The bulk of the story, however, deals with the years of the
actual building of the railroad. The book shows a prodigious
amount of research. Seemingly, not one mile of the vast Katy
system has been overlooked. The reader, through the vivid verbal
pictures of Mr. Masterson, has a grandstand seat for watching
the almost day by day progress of the road as it moved down

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed August 23, 2014.