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Locomotive to AeromotiveOctave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution$
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Simine Short

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036316

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036316.001.0001

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The University of Experience

The University of Experience

(p.11) Chapter 2 The University of Experience
Locomotive to Aeromotive

Simine Short

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the start of Octave Chanute's journey toward becoming a civil engineer. Sixteen-year-old Octave read that engineers working for the expanding railroads needed to possess universal knowledge. To become a civil engineer he had much to learn, but he felt sure that intelligent and earnest work would provide his key to success. The remainder of the chapter covers various events in Octave's life including his apprenticeship on the Hudson River Railroad; his marriage to Annie James in 1857; his real estate investments; his move to Peoria, Illinois, in 1854; and his roles in the construction of the Peoria & Oquawka Railroad, Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad, Ohio & Mississippi Railroad; Chicago & Alton Railroad, and the Union Stock Yards in Chicago.

Keywords:   Octave Chanute, civil engineers, railroads, railroad construction, Peoria, Annie James

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