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Utah’s Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal says her poem “West: A Transition” is an ode to and a eulogy for the Transcontinental Railroad. The reason is that historians view the Transcontinental Railroad as both a monumental success and a monumental failure, she said.
“General Grenville Dodge, Union Pacific’s chief engineer, believed the railroad was going to bring us closer to international trade with the Far East,” Rekdal said. “But what happened was domestic trade increased because people traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast and began trading with each other.”
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