Sierra Challenge: the Construction of the Chihuahua al Pacífico Railroad
One of the most challenging engineering feats in railroad construction, the Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad of Mexico was conceived in the mid-19th century and opened in 1961.
Photo-journalist Glenn Burgess covered the final construction for newspapers in Texas, exploring the engineering challenges and the possibilities for commerce. His black and white photographs taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic camera provide
an important record of this engineering wonder. Don Burgess adds both historical and personal context for the articles through notes and interviews with the peoples of the Sierra
Tarahumara. The collection is illustrated with over 100 photographs and several maps.
HC ISBN: 9781939604-224 ($29.95; 206 pages; 7x10 in.)
PB ISBN: 9781939604-002 ($19.95; 206 pages; 7.44 x 9.69 in.)
Publication Date: August 2013
Interest Level: Adult readers
Key Words: Railroad history and construction, Journalism, 4x5
Speed Graphic photography, Southwest, Chihuahua, Mexico, Tarahumara history and culture.
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- 2013 08: Launch in Alpine, Texas.
- 2013 08: Press Release for Sierra Challenge.
- 2013 07: Pre-launch reading at Moby Dickens in Taos, New Mexico.