Report of the Committee on Internal Improvements of the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois, Submitted to the House, February 16, 1839

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Página 3 - Mr. Smith of Wabash, from the Committee on Internal Improvements, to which was referred so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the...
Página 20 - Received, 1831 406 421 76,323 412,750 77 1832 453 179 70,109 25,756 12 1833 875 . 710 169,885 60,736 92 1834 938 623 162,000 61,848 17 1835 1,256 355 200,413 80,165 24 1836 1,182 260...
Página 23 - The committee concludes gravely, "If these views of the subject can be correct, there cannot exist a doubt of the entire ability of the railroads to come into the most successful competition for a large share of the travel of the country.
Página 26 - There were several patriotic societies at the close of the 18th and the commencement of the 19th century which may have contributed to the rise of the present order.
Página 3 - BO that no county could get much ahead of any other in the enjoyment of these improvements. A committee says, "that all of the works having been commenced in various sections in the State, the people of these sections are competent to judge of the value and utility of the system to them respectively, and that so long as they are unwilling to surrender their respective claims the irresistable conclusion is that the system is not too large.
Página 24 - ... money of $15.00 a ton besides the advantage of superior speed, certainty and safety of the railway conveyance." "Take for instance the article of corn, which is the cheapest of all our productions compared with its tonnage it will be found that even this article will bear transportation on the railways to the rivers." "From an inspection of the map it will be seen that if the present system of railroads is carried out the roads will bring most portions of the State within 70 or 80 miles of a...
Página 23 - The minimum average rate of transportation over common roads is not less thau $1.00 per hundred pounds, per hundred miles, or per ton $20.00. The ordinary rates of toll and transportation on railways being 5 cents per mile, per ton for one hundred miles $5.00; balance in favor of railroads $15.00. "Thus at the lowest possible rates that a common team during the season of best roads can perform the transportation, there would be a clear saving of money of $15.00 a ton besides the advantage of superior...
Página 23 - ... on the feasibility of railroads, on the chance of getting business and particularly on their power to compete with other modes of transportation in respect to expedition, costs, etc. They say, "A journey of one hundred miles on horseback for the purpose of transacting business at Alton. Chicago or St. Louis or any other place, would require three days...
Página 15 - York, 240 miles nearer than by Philadelphia, 40 miles nearer than by Baltimore, and 170 miles nearer than by Mobile.
Página 19 - ... the people of the State, and at the same time preserve a successful competition with all other modes of transportation and travel.

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