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Overland Transport in the Rideau Region,
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Manuscript Report 424, "Overland Transport in the Rideau Region, 1800-1930" by Edward Forbes Bush, 1979.
This 397 page reports deals with the development of roads and railways in the Rideau Region.
The first section of the report covers road development from early pioneer wagon-tracks to the inception of the provincial highway system in the mid-1890s. The second section deals with the coming of the railways in the 1850s and the development of three regional railways and two diagonal trunk lines. The third section provides an account of the building of the provincial highway network as it applies to the Rideau Region. Some 34 graphs, maps, photos and illustrations round out the text.
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this interesting bit of Rideau history. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This report section of this digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.
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